Office of the Spokesperson
MODERATOR: I’m going to turn it over to Senior State Department Official Number One, , to give some highlights.
SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: Hey, thank you very much, , and hello, everybody. Let me start with a tweet that just came out from the President this afternoon: “We have one of three choices: Send in thousands of troops and win militarily, hit Turkey very hard financially and with sanctions; or mediate a deal between Turkey and the Kurds.” That is a concise summary of where are with this very, very dramatic, very, very dangerous situation today.
What I would like to do is talk back to Sunday, when the very immediate phase of this whole problem began with the call between President Trump and President Erdogan, because this has been basically President Trump’s position ever since then. Essentially, in that call and in all of our actions since then, everything has revolved that we have been doing around four decisions the President took. He took these decisions after President Erdogan told him that the compromise solution we had worked out with Turkey for the situation in northeast Syria was not sufficient for Turkey’s security interests.