Bipartisan Senate bill would halt arms sales to Turkey

10.10.2019

Bipartisan Senate bill would halt arms sales to Turkey

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan Senate bill would halt U.S. military assistance to NATO ally Turkey and clamp sanctions on the U.S. assets of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan because of his country's invasion Wednesday of northern Syria.

Trump told reporters at the White House that he agreed with sanctions but seemed to condition that on Turkey's actions inside Syria.

Van Hollen said in an interview that the removal of U.S. forces from the area, where there had been hundreds of American troops, was a “total betrayal” of allied Kurds.

Erdogan sent his forces into Syria even though Trump had previously threatened to “totally destroy and obliterate” Turkey's economy if their push went too far.

Trump has said he doesn't want the U.S. to fight “these endless, senseless wars.” He also criticized Graham for favouring the deployment of too many troops overseas.

Associated Press writers Kevin Freking and Robert Burns contributed to this report.

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This is meaningless posturing. The US has been arming Turkey for decades and now expresses mock outrage. For invading Syria, Turkey should be expelled from NATO. Better yet - NATO should be disbanded. They don’t sell for a long time what is the purpose ?

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