Mnuchin Warns Turkey ‘Powerful Sanctions’ Are In Offing for Military Incursion

October 11, 2019 by Dan McCue
Mnuchin Warns Turkey ‘Powerful Sanctions’ Are In Offing for Military Incursion

WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters on Friday that President Trump has authorized his department to impose “very significant new sanctions” against Turkey for its military incursion into northern Syria.

“I want to emphasize, at this point, we are not activating the sanctions,” Mnuchin said after meeting with the president at the White House. “We are putting financial institutions on notice that they should be careful, and that there could be sanctions.”

Many have called President Donald Trump’s decision Sunday to pull a small number of U.S. troops away from the Turkish border a grave mistake that precipitated the current crisis in northern Syria.

Some of his staunchest Republican supporters, including Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, have sharply criticized the decision and urged him to reconsider.


Many have said they regard the administration’s decision to leave the area as a betrayal of the U.S.-armed Kurdish fighters who have partnered with U.S. forces against the Islamic State group since 2015.

“The President is concerned about the ongoing military offensive and potential targeting of civilians, civilian infrastructure, ethnic or religious minorities,” Mnuchin said. “And also the President wants to make very clear: It is imperative that Turkey not allow even a single ISIS fighter to escape.”


A report then asked the Treasury Secretary whether the president has expressed any concern that his action led to the Turkish invasion.

“No, I don’t think he thinks his actions are what led to this,” Mnuchin said. “It is a complicated situation.” 

Meanwhile at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters that the “Impulsive” decision by Turkey to invade northern Syria after the pullback of U.S. troops has badly damaged already tenuous relations with Turkey.

In July, Turkey was booted from a Defense Department fighter jet program for refusing to cancel its purchase of a Russian air defense system that is incompatible with NATO.


Esper also insisted that despite the troop pullback, the United States has not abandoned its Syrian Kurdish partners.

“To be clear, we are not abandoning our Kurdish partner forces, and U.S. troops remain with them in other parts of Syria. The impulsive action of President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan to invade northern Syria has put the United States in a tough situation,” Esper said.

A+
a-

In The News

Health

Voting

Foreign Affairs

Biden, Lapid Agree to Stop Iran Nuke Program, Differ on How

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid stood side by side Thursday and declared they would not allow... Read More

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid stood side by side Thursday and declared they would not allow Iran to become a nuclear power. They parted ways, though, on how to get there. Biden, in a joint news conference after a one-on-one meeting with... Read More

Biden Arrives in Mideast Jittery About Iran Nuclear Program

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Joe Biden opened his first visit to the Mideast as president on Wednesday by declaring a “bone... Read More

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Joe Biden opened his first visit to the Mideast as president on Wednesday by declaring a “bone deep” bond between the United States and Israel and pledging to strengthen economic connections between the two countries going forward. He did not mention one of... Read More

Biden to Discuss Immigration, Trade with Mexico's President

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to meet with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Tuesday for discussions the White House says... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to meet with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Tuesday for discussions the White House says will showcase the underlying strength of a relationship that of late has been more notable for the leaders' disagreements on issues including energy and Ukraine policy. López... Read More

Biden Meets Sweden, Finland Leaders to Talk NATO, Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday welcomed the leaders of Sweden and Finland to the White House, as... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday welcomed the leaders of Sweden and Finland to the White House, as he hailed the application of the once-neutral countries to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Biden greeted Prime Minister Magdalena... Read More

Stocks Tumble; Oil, Wheat Prices Soar After Ukraine Attack

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks tumbled worldwide on Thursday after Russia’s attack of Ukraine sent fear coursing through markets and... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks tumbled worldwide on Thursday after Russia’s attack of Ukraine sent fear coursing through markets and upped the pressure on the high inflation already squeezing the global economy. On Wall Street, the S&P 500 sank 1.6% in early trading to continue its... Read More

Ukraine Crisis Talks Move to Moscow and Washington

MOSCOW (AP) — International efforts to defuse the standoff over Ukraine intensified Monday, with French President Emmanuel Macron holding talks... Read More

MOSCOW (AP) — International efforts to defuse the standoff over Ukraine intensified Monday, with French President Emmanuel Macron holding talks in Moscow and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Washington to coordinate policies as fears of a Russian invasion mounted. The buildup of an estimated 100,000 Russian... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top