President Donald Trump tweeted Monday that his administration would be taking actions against members of the Turkish government after reports of atrocities committed in the invasion into Syria.
“I will soon be issuing 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,” said the president in statement issued via his Twitter account.
The president said steel tariffs would be increased to 50 percent, and a $100 billion trade deal being negotiated with Turkey would immediately ended.
“Turkey’s military offensive is endangering civilians and threatening peach, security, and stability in the region. I have been perfectly clear with President Erdogan: Turkey’s action is precipitating a humanitarian crisis and setting conditions for possible war crimes,” the statement continued.
The president has faced criticism on all sides for his decision to pull back troops from northern Syria ahead of an invasion by Turkish military forces. He has defended his actions by deriding the Kurds, who are facing a massacre and mass displacement.
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