tv President Trump Statement on Syria CSPAN October 23, 2019 11:41am-11:58am EDT
a cease-fire that we established along syria's border very well.d has held beyond most expectations. early this morning, the of turkey informed my administration that they would combat and their offensive in syria and making permanent and it will indeed be permanent. define you would also the word permanent in that part of the world as somewhat questionable. understand that, but i do believe it will be permanent. the therefore, instructed secretary of the treasury to ift all sanctions imposed on october 14 in response to turkey's origins offensive, against the kurds in region.northeast border so the sanctions will be lifted unless something happens that not happy with. this was an outcome created by and he united states,
nobody else. no other nation. very simple. take blame lling to and we're also willing to take credit. this is something they have been many, many for decades. since then, others have come out we welcome them to do so. other countries have stepped forward. think nt to help, and we that's great. the nations in the region must the ately take on responsibility of helping turkey and syria police their border. nations to get involved. we've secured the oil and, small number of u.s. troops will remain in the area. they have the oil. and we're going to be protecting what d we'll be deciding we're going to do with it in the future. in any event, by the moves that we're achieving a much more peaceful and stable syria, tween turkey and including a 20-mile-wide safe
zone. an interesting term "safe zone." "that's the term we will be using." hopefully that zone will become safe. thousands and thousands of have been killed in that zone over the years. but the been sought for many, many decades. think we have something that's going to be strong and hold up. turkey, syria, and all forms of fighting fore been centuries. we have done them a great we've done a great job for all of them. getting out. a long time. we were supposed to be there for 30 days. that was almost 10 years ago. 30 days, and for now we're leaving. quick hit. be a very except they stayed for almost 10 years. let someone else fight over this blood-stained sand.
president hank vice pence and secretary of state leading the american elegation so successfully to turkey several days ago, along ith national security advisor o'brien. i want to thank them very much. he american delegation negotiated the origins five-day ease-fire that ended kurdish fighters to safely leave. just got them to a point where, frankly, they were able -- it move,ed to go out, go, and really, just a few miles in a slightly different direction. to do so.abled them countless lives are now being of our a result negotiation with turkey. reached without spilling one drop of american blood. injuries.
nobody shot. nobody killed. general st spoken to mosloom, a wonderful man, the in chief of the s.d.f. extremely he was thankful for what the united states has done. ould not have been more thankful. that neral has assured me isis is under very, very strict detention y, and the facilities are being strongly maintained. a few that got out, a small number, relatively been ng, and they've largely recaptured. i'm also sure that he will be his own statement very shortly. talk. a great but we saved the lives of many, many kurds. that.erstands the war was going to be vicious
very long.y not happy to have been involved in it, as are our vice secretary of state, and all of the other team by getting that cease-fire to stick. e've done something that's very, very special. cease-fire ing the after a tremendous amount of tough war for a very short period of days, that is special. very our troops are safe. and the pain and suffering of three-day fight that occurred was directly responsible for our ability to agreement with turkey and the kurds that could never ave been made without this short-term outburst. should turkey fail to honor its the ations, including protection of religious and ethnic minorities, which i truly
do, we reserveill crippling o reimpose sanctions, including ubsanctionly -- substantially increase tariffs on steel and other product coming out of turkey. e are now an economic powerhouse, like never before, like no importantly, other. our economic might is strong as been.ver and our competitors are not doing very well. turkey to abide by its commitment regarding isis. as a backup to the kurds watching over them, should something happen, turkey is them.to grab further, we implore european thoseies to come and take fighters that the u.s. captured nd bring them back to their countries for incarceration and for trial. recently, europe has een very unresponsive in doing
what they should have been doing for a long time. finally eir chance to act. defeated 100% of he isis caliphate during the last two years. we na the syrian -- we thank the democratic forces for their sacrifices in this effort. they've been terrific. turkey, syria, and others in the region must work to isis does not regain any territory. their neighborhood. they have to maintain it. they have to take care of it. there were some political pundits who responded to offensive in syria by another american military intervention. i don't think so. halting the incursion by
military force would have required deploying tens of troops s of american against turkey, a nato ally, and the united states -- and a country the united states has developed a very good including p with, president erdogan. the same people that i watched giving me and the united states advice were the been watchinghave and reading for many years. hey are the ones that got us into the middle east mess but ever had the vision or the courage to get us out. they just talk. must die in icans the middle east, in the midst of these ancient sectarian and conflicts? after all of the precious blood and treasure america has point of order, a quorum is not into the -- has poured
into the middle east, i want a different course, one that leads for america. through much work, we have done said that everybody couldn't be done. today's announcement validates of action with turkey only a couple of weeks ago were scorned and now people are saying, wow. what a great outcome. congratulations. early to me to be congratulated. but we've done a good job. a lot of lives. most importantly, we've voided military stly intervention that could have led far-reaching consequences. many of thousands of people could have been killed. last administration said assad must go. they could have easily produced outcome, but they didn't. n fact, they drew a very
powerful red line in the sand. you all remember the red line in sand when children were gassed and killed but then did their commitment as other children died in the same manner. but i did honor my commitment tomahawks. president years after obama's ill-fated push at regime u.s. troops are still on the ground in syria. more than half a million people are dead. hundreds of thousands are injured. nd millions more syrians are displaced. it really is a nightmare of misery. east, we have dle een anguish on a colossal scale. we have spent $8 trillion on east.n the middle
never really wanting to win after all that money was spent and all those men and t, the young women grateful wounded so many, east is less safe, ess stable, and less secure than before these conflicts began. pushing for le these wars are often the winds demanding - wins america its doors to unlimited regions, from war-torn importing the terrorism and the terrorism right to our own shores. anymore. my administration understands is immigration security national security. as a candidate for president, i clear that we needed a new pproach to american foreign
policy. one guided not by ideology but and a rience, history, realistic understanding of the world. building up america's ilitary might like never before. investing $2.5 trillion since my election. depleted.l not be we will not happen again. to happent be allowed again where our military is areas of fighting in the world where we shouldn't be. american troops to battle, we must do so only vital national interest is at stake. a clear we have objective, a plan for victory, out of conflict, that's what we have to have. we need a plan of victory.
will only win. whole basis has to be the right plan, and then we will only win. us.dy can beat nobody can beat us. i want to, again, thank everyone american team who helped achieve the cease-fire in syria, saved so many lives. along with president erdogan of i've gotten to know very well and a man who country and in his mind, he's doing the right thing for his country and we may be very near future, also want to thank general mosloom for his understanding eat strength and for his incredible word today to me just as a representative of the united tates because he knows that we saved tens of thousands of kurds.
we're not talking in the long term. we're talking in the short term. something ng about that was going on immediately and something, frankly, that was long time. a the job of our military is not world.ce the other nations must step up and that hasn't share taken place. food's breakthrough is a in that direction. -- today's breakthrough is a critical step in that direction. you, mr. speaker. god bless the united states. isis fighters ay have been recaptured but some they ey don't know where are. do you have a comment? >> president trump announcing that turkey has informed the a . it will make permanent five-day cease-fire in syria. also saying that he is lifting sanctions on
turkey. during today's prime minister's uestions in the british parliament, british boris johnson spoke about syria and discussionle in that there, including the role of the other allies and the u.s. >> mr. speaker, i wonder if the minister see the heartbreaking images of children mutilated, , seriously injured, on the syrian border, and will he, given that -- the turks are members of we , an old ally with us, fought with the kurds. they are good and trusted friends. and the united states is a major and he has a good relationship with donald trump, and he step up to the plate show the british government cares about this and is willing to do something about it? >> well, i think the right honorable gentleman. he's absolutely right to raise this issue. if i may say so, it's an appalling ste