By Janet Ekstract
WASHINGTON (TURKISH JOURNAL) – Late Monday afternoon, President Trump issued a lengthy and formal statement on northeast Syria, announcing that he will be passing an Executive Order “authorizing the imposition of sanctions against current and former officials of the Government of Turkey and any persons contributing to Turkey’s destabilizing actions in northeast Syria.”
The statement said that Trump had warned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that “Turkey’s action is precipitating a humanitarian crisis.”
Trump ‘s statement went on to describe sanctions Trump plans to put on Turkey if their Operation Peace Spring is not halted immediately. One of the most sweeping sanctions stated is to stop negotiations with the Department of Commerce related to a “100 billion trade deal with Turkey.”
In addition, Trump’s Executive Order would also give the United States the authority to “impose powerful additional sanctions” on those who may have been 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. The Order will authorize a broad range of consequences, including financial sanctions, the blocking of property, and barring entry into the United States.”
Meanwhile, Republicans and Democrats led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who had talks with Republican Lindsey Graham – have already planned to challenge Trump ‘s withdrawal of American troops in Syria based on security concerns in the region.
Trump ‘s statement comes at the same time that Democrats and Republicans had called for stricter sanctions on Turkey, ahead of their challenge to Trump ‘s troop withdrawal from Syria.