President Trump Arrival Remarks in Texas CSPAN October 17, 2019 4:51pm-5:10pm EDT
at being said, let me say, i really believe today, today's ceasefire is a credit to president trump and to president erdogan. it's a credit to the strong relationship between the united states and turkey. it's also a credit to the strong relationship between our two leaders. where there are differences between friends, it's important that friends let their feelings be known. president trump did that in this case. but it facilitated us being able to reach an agreement that's now resulted in a ceasefire and we believe will set the stage for creating a peaceful and stable safe zone in the united states -- and the united states is committed to achieving that for all the people of this region. >> mr. vice president. can i finish my question that i started please.
president mike pence, our secretary of state mike pompeo, great job, all the people we sent over the last three day we sent an early group, this is an amazing outcome. this is an outcome, regardless of how the press would like to damp it down, this was something they've been trying to get for 10 years. would have lost millions and millions of lives. they couldn't get it without a little rough love as i called it, i just put out they needed a little bit of that at the beginning. everybody said wow, this is tougher than we thought. when those guns start shooting they tend to do things but i will tell you on behalf of the united states, i want to thank turkey, i want to thank all of the people that have gotten together and made this happen. it's an incredible jut come. off 22-mile strip that for many, many years turkey in all fairness, they've had a legitimate problem with it. they had terrorists. they had a lot of people in there that they couldn't have.
they suffered a lot of los of life also. they had to have it cleaned out. once you start that it gets to be to a point where a tremendous amount of bad things can happen. so a process started and we started to negotiate and i think that obviously the sanctions and tariffs were going to be very biting. i'm glad we don't have to do it. we'll be taking them up very quickly, as soon as this is finalized. but this is an incredible outcome. this outcome is something they've been trying to get for 10 years. everybody. and they couldn't get it. other administrations. and they never would have been able to get it unless you went somewhat unconventional, i guess i'm an unconventional person. i took a lot of heat from a lot of people even even some of the people in my own party. but they were there, in the end, they were there, they're all there. look, this is about the nation. this isn't about republicans or democrats. this is about our nation. so we have a five-day ceasefire.
during that five days, the kurds and other people are going to be taken great care of. they'll be moving around, moving out of a safe zone which is something turkey has always wanted. the isis they call them daesh but we call them isis. the isis tigers we have captured will be under very, very strict control of various different groups. we'll be watching. we'll be in charge. they'll be under very, very powerful and strict control and we've gotten everything we could have ever dreamed of and we're also going to be able to bring our people back home. we'll be able to have control of isis, total, we'll be table do whatever we have to do to get the rest of isis, wherever they may be they'll never be ruling us and i want to thank everybody. the other thing i want to thank as a group, i want to thank the kurds because they were incredibly happy with this solution. this is a solution that really,
well, it saved their lives, frankly. it saved their lives. we've done a great thing for our partner. if we didn't go this unconventional tough love approach, you could have never gotten it done. they've been trying to do this for many, many years. i want to thank everybody, i want to thank everybody back in washington, we're in texas now and we're going to be opening up a phenomenal new plant, one of the greatest men in business, in all of business is here with us, you know who he is. they're opening up a plant in texas. the first time, i believe, one of the great companies of the world, first time ever in the united states. and then we're having a big rally in dallas tonight at the american airlines center. so we look forward to that. we've been -- they've been standing in line for three days as you know. so it's a record crud over in dallas. but i didn't know it was going to work out this quickly. i didn't know it would work out this well. it's a great day for the united states. it's a great day for turkey.
it's a great day for our partners who have really worked, there have been a lot of people question spf them, i'm not questioning anybody. they really did. the kurds were great. great day for the kurds. it's really a great day for civilization. great day for civilization. soy just want to thank everybody. [inaudible] president trump: sanctions went be necessary because turkey is ding what they're doing. i didn't need congress for sanctions, i can do sanctions tougher than congress. i was prepared to do that. i want to thank and congratulate president erdogan. he's a friend of mine. i'm glad we didn't have a problem. he's a hell of a leader, he's a tough man, a strong man, he did the right thing and i appreciate it. i'll appreciate it in the future. [inaudible]
president trump: turkey has a great military power. turkey is a great friend of ours, they're a member of nato. what turkey is getting now is, they're not going to have to kill millions of people and millions of people aren't going to have to kill them. i mean this was going to be a war of lots of other groups coming in. this couldn't going to stop with turkey against the kurds. a lot of different groups were coming in. we might not have been involved. i don't want to be involved in that kind of war. by the way, we have the strongest we have been there for 10 years. so this was a great thing for everybody. and turkey is -- i really appreciate what they have done. they have done the right thing and i have great respect for the president. [inaudible question] president trump no. no. if you let this go, you would have lost millions of lives. don't forget, your friend
president obama lost millions of lives in the same region. we've lot very little. without that gun fire going back and forth and rocket fire going in both directions and other countries potentially moving in and creating a world war, without all of that happening, you never would have been able -- we have tried. but everybody tried to make this deal for 15 years. they could never do it. it was only when it started and people started seeing how nasty it was going to be. not only sanctions and tariffs, the war would have been nasty. they have done things that they wouldn't have done. everybody agreed to things that three days ago they never would have agreed to, that includes the kurds. the kurds are much more inclined what has to be done. turkey is much more inclined. the kurds would not have done it
three days ago. this is a situation where everybody is happy. and i'm happy because there is no fighting. we can bring certainly most of our people back home. >> you are talking about this was part of a plan. are you planning for this? president trump it had to be an unconventional solution. because the unconventional solution is to sit down and negotiate and good it for more than 15 years. and all of a sudden when they saw how nasty and how rough it would get, it would get 100 times worse than what was happening and saw the level of nastiness. they said let's make a deal. >> are you sure this will last more than five days? president trump i think president erdogan wants it to
last. he wants safety for his people. say what you want. a lot of bad things happened to turkey from that 22-mile stretch. a lot of people were killed in turkey. nobody mentions that. this was a great thing for the kurds and great thing for turkey and debate for everybody. and frankly, the thing i'm most happy about. i took a lot of heat and i thought this would go on for longer. this was a smart thing. >> is president erdogan coming to the white house next month? president trump i would say he would. he is a leader. he is a leader and had to make a decision. a lot of people wouldn't have made that decision. they ultimately would have made it. and it was very smart and it was lucky him making the decision, i will tell you that.
[indiscernible question] president trump we will have people watch it and we will have people watching isis and people watching. and isis will be controlled by the kurds because what a lot of people don't know, a lot of the areas where isis is is outside of the war zone or the 22 miles. so isis will be -- very few have goten out and very few recaptured and isis is outside of the war zone and that will be controlled by the kurds with our supervision. [inaudible question] president trump he is going to be very happy. they have spoken to him. the kurds are very happy. turkey is very happy. the united states is very happy. and you know what? civilization is very happy. reat thing for very happy.