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Trump Sanctions Turkey

Trump Sanctions Turkey
President Donald J. Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the G20 Japan Summit Saturday, June 29, 2019, in Osaka, Japan

President Trump made good on threats to sanction Turkey over its actions in the Middle East regarding an invasion of Northern Syria to create a buffer zone against Kurdish separatists. The order halts trade negotiations with the NATO ally, hikes tariffs on Turkish steel to 50%, and sanctions certain Turkish officials.

The legacy media has focused attention on the Kurdish issue as a negative one for the president; in reality, the Turks were going to invade and the U.S. did not have sufficient forces in-country to stop them, no matter the talking head’s opinion on CNN and other anti-Trump media outlets.

Trump has been looking for a way out of the Syrian morass for the U.S. and took advantage of the Turkish threat to extract American forces, whose mission was ‘unclear’ at best, a waste of resources at worst.

“This Order will enable the United States to impose powerful additional sanctions on those who may be involved in serious human rights abuses, obstructing a ceasefire, preventing displaced persons from returning home, forcibly repatriating refugees, or threatening the peace, security, or stability in Syria,” read Trump’s statement.

Trump defended his actions on social media.

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