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Chief White House correspondent John Roberts interviewed Vice-President Mike Pence in Ankara, Turkey following the ceasefire announcement.
Vice-President Mike Pence told Fox News in an exclusive interview on Thursday that the Turkish President Recep Tayyip know Erdogan, “President Trump says what he thinks, what he says,” about Trump’s threat to slap sanctions against Turkey, if the military defies the conditions of a ceasefire, to stop Ankara its offensive against Kurdish fighters in Northern Syria.
The five-day ceasefire meant to buy time for the Kurdish troops to move from a so-called “safe zone” of an undefined size, which is controlled by the Turkish military. Turkey says it is a permanent ceasefire once the Kurds are out of the safe zone, but is not required, the withdrawal of its troops. In addition, the offer of Turkey had imposed on the exemption from sanctions of the administration and threatened to increase, which means there will be no penalty for the operation.
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Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts, said Pence, the trombone had threatened to ruin you “” the economy of Turkey was launched in the days after the offensive in life.
“He [the President] have the means to do it?” Roberts asked. “Because there are many analysts who said that the sanctions that he announced, would not do at the beginning of this week.”
“John, we had to implement a whole package of sanctions that the President was willing, immediately, if we have been able to reach an agreement, said to be on a case-by-fire”, Pence. “But the good news is that we have, and that is because of the strong stand that President Trump took it in the way that he engaged the President Erdogan.”
Roberts is also the question of whether Erdogan was able to be taken at his word, that, while Turkey is a member of NATO, Erdogan is “basically thumbing its nose at the United States.”
“The President warned him against going into Syria. He added” Roberts. “The President sent him a letter that warns him not to go into Syria. He basically threw them in the trash. You can guy trust this?”
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In response, Pence the trump confirmed the administration was “grateful that our Kurdish allies that helped us defeat the ISIS,” but added that Turkey “had very real problems of terrorism and ISIS and the PKK organization, a Kurdish terrorist group, the United States recognized as a terrorist organization many years ago.”
“And so, while we do not go to the support of President Erdogan’s decision to use military force and cross the border, the agreement today allows us to, from where we can do this today is really a buffer zone, which will contribute to peace and stability in the region that addresses Turkey’s needs, to the needs of our Kurdish allies, and it creates a framework, in the United States and other Nations around the world can contribute to the improvement of the lives of the people in this region,” the Vice President said.
Pence’s description of the PKK’s weak echoed Trump’s Wednesday description of the PKK, the Kurdistan workers ‘ party, the “likely to be of worse terror and more of a terrorist threat in many ways than ISIS.” PKK has led a guerrilla campaign in Turkey since the 1980s. Ankara has long argued that the Kurdish-led fighters in Northern Syria are nothing more than an extension of the group.
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“But again, based on his [Erdogan’s] behavior, and based on his actions, can you trust him?” Roberts asked again.
“I think we are going to this Convention for what it is,” replied Pence, and added: “I think that President Trump and President Erdogan have the kind of relationship, where President Erdogan white, President Trump says what he thinks, what he says. And I think, on the basis of the nature of an open and honest relationship, we can go forward together for a more peaceful region.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.