WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has not given Turkey a green light to invade Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, but added that Ankara had “legitimate security concerns” and that President Donald Trump made a decision to move American soldiers out of harm’s way.
Reporting by Eric Beech; Writing by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Rosalba O'BrienRead more: Reuters Top News
Doesn’t matter, US credibility and influence is diluted and nearing insignificance in world affairs thanks to the chump in chief. It’s ridiculous. Yes you did, you knew full well what Turkey would do, you, America, are as responsible for the up comming war in the middle east as anyone. We stepped out of the way, removing our military.
Yes you did by Trump tweet. Sad when trump can cause such death and destruction from a tweet. “We didn’t say they could do it” is not the same as “We told them we wouldn’t let them do it” History will not be kind to Pompeo. well who did ? Yeah, right He knows he’s in trouble Who is going to believe him?
Turkey begins airstrikes and operations in northern SyriaBREAKING: Turkey announces beginning of attack into northern Syria border region following US president’s decision to pull US military forces out of the area. GOP Remove him from office now! He is unfit & dangerous. I know you care about nothing but yourselves ... But please think of the world you will leave for your children. Who gave the actual orders? Soldiers, from the top down, don't move an inch without specific and definite orders. What say you LindseyGrahamSC ?
He is a liar. Ahhh the Sergeant Schultz defence 'I See Nothing, I Hear Nothing, I Know Nothing' Syria Oh We do not need your light. You should be worried about Obama Clinton(found Isil) Deep State throws people's money into Arab deserts Uhhh... ok... what are you going to do about it? We pulled troops back... Trump basically ok’d it. The attack would not have happened if we didn’t leave the area!!!!
Such a naive way with world politics. If you didn't give green light, then show Turkey red. That's not the green light from the U.S. government, but the green light from the Trump gang? It is clear that the Trump Gang cannot represent the United States Government. Sure. You may not have given a green light, but there wasn’t a traffic light there, you traitor. There was a complete roadblock and now you’ve removed the gates and declared open season on the Kurds. It’s ETHNIC CLEANSING. And it’s on you. ImpeachTheMF
Leaving my front door wide open was not giving a green light to being robbed.
Turkey begins mobilizing against Syria; US begins removing forces from area Turkey is set to invade Syria and the U.S. said it would remove all of its forces from the 'immediate area,' according to the White House. A U.S. official confirmed Monday that American troops in northeast Syria were pulling back. The Turkish move is likely to put the Kurdish forces that
🇺🇸OMG Please!! 🤔Wasn’t Pompeo head of CIA WTF ....don’t they talk? 🤨Is Trump selling out our allies somehow a surprise to the US State Department? Seriously. Jesus 🙄 Pompeo has violated his oath in a big way by acting as Trump’s personal atty. Anyone defending Trump’s decision of horrific calamity, condones both mass murder & genocide. He pulled out the troops & the Turks moved right in & ISIS will rebound. Who’s taking care of 45’s hotels?
Turkey must save borders.... Now Turkey is fighting with terrorist organization PKK_PYD_YPG Turkey killed 10,000+ members of the terror organization ISIS to this day, and they will continue until the last terrorist dies. TurkeyJustKilledTerrorist BarisPinariHarekati Paid Merc armies are being destroyed. Russia green lights Turkey to clear area since Turkey knows every rabbit hole. Harm Kurd and suffer collapse of corrupted economy Trump statement. US did not green light, no more endless war.
Nor did they give permission to Kurds bombing turkey. And cows & pigs can fly... Massacre by omission makes little distance difference HornbeamJoe Double talkers I think withdrawing your troops and announcing you would not intervene if Turkey invaded is a tacit approval. But what kind of man is Pompeo, to say such an obvious lie.
PKK / YPG killed soldiers, police and civilians in Turkey for 40 years. The Turkish military is killing these terrorists, not civilians. Turks have no problem with the Kurdish people, they have problems with terrorists. TurkeyJustKilledTerrorists
Turkey says it strikes Syria-Iraq border ahead of offensive Turkey 's military struck the Syria n-Iraqi border to prevent Kurdish forces ... This just looks like a god awful remake of Anchorman I I don’t believe what he said trump must be loving kebabs lately
Who cares what that crook thinks anymore. He's also a Trump puppet! Liar! We sure did as soon as realDonaldTrump pulled out. We do not attack Syria.We are cleaning terrorist organizations like american trained pkk pyd isid.Don't steer as it comes to your business You can't cover up the truth.Everybody in my country knows the truth. America will never withdraw from the Middle East.
So when Trump gives the green light, that’s not the U.S.? Do they need your green light? SecPompeo We didnt ask any permission or green light... Yes they did and all for a Trump hotel. Blood on all their hands forever. Did we “just” turn off the red light?
Turkey launches Syria invasion, Kurds ask US to enforce no-fly zone Turkey began its incursion into Syria with air strikes on the Kurds after the U.S. pulled its troops from the region. President Trump denied we had abandoned our former ally. It was not USA. It is the Stupid Crazy trump who did this to our allies. WE MUST STOP HIM. NOW More lyin trumpin
That’s like removing all Secret Service people from a high profile guy after speaking to his would be murderer and then claiming you never greenlighted the murder. No words This guy say what ? Turkey did not ask any permit from USA. everybody should know this: there is no mercy & permit to set a puppet terror state in Northern Syria. the Turkey-Syria border will be cleaned from USA-backed terror groups (PKK/YPG/PYD/ISIS). 3 million syrians will back to their homeland..
BoycottTurkeyGoods to hurt RTErdogan. CNN Washingtonpost Pompeo defending Trump with half truths while families are being killed. A little late now you murderer liars. Pompeo is a liar
Turkey begins offensive aimed at Kurdish fighters in Syria Turkey launched airstrikes and fired artillery aimed at crushing Kurdish fighters in northern Syria on Wednesday after U.S. troops pulled back from the area, paving the way for an assault on forces that have long been allied with the United States. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the Everyone knew this would happen...except Trump - and if he knew then he is a party to a vast humanitarian pogrom. trump is complicit with the attempted genocide of the Kurdish peoples. TreasonousTrump -45 😡😡😡
Editor: “Lying, Pompeo says ...” Who's your daddy who did? Pompus Pompeo, you really think you are a superpower anymore! You are just a puppet on a string for emerging countries! Zero foreign policy. Try meddling with Turkey and you'll have an early thanksgiving You keep telling yourself that. Oh see there hands are washed
He said this after he confirmed that there was no one else on the call with Trump and that there was no official transcript of the call that might resurface in the next few days. You marders No. We said we would look the other way. Pompeo says U.S. did not give green light to Turkey's Syria incursion; Trump did.
Turkey Launches Syria Offensive, Targeting U.S.-Backed Kurds Turkey began an attack on Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria on Wednesday. The operation could open a dangerous new front in Syria ’s 8-year-old war: It pits 2 U.S. allies against each other and has set off debates over President Trump’s Syria policy. (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russia's President Vladimir Putin discussed in a phone call Turkey's planned operation into northeastern Syria, the Turkish presidency said on Wednesday... TreasonousTrump KurdsBetrayedByTrump PutinsPuppet The blood of the Kurds is on GOP hands. Suriye'de bulunan PYD-PKK veya yeni adıyla SDG Türkiye'de sivillere karşı bile bombalı,silahlı eylem yapabilen,orman kundaklayan MARKSİST-LENİNİST ideolojiye sahip bir terör örgütüdür..Türkiye sadece kendi halkının güvenligini sağlamaya çalışıyor
We have bigger problems than Pkk or Ypg in Northeast Syria like Erdogan himself. Actually Erdogan is the biggest problem that we have in Turkey. We have to get rid of him first! Lol. You are not in a position to “give the green light” to Turkey. Arrogant nutster.SecPompeo PUGNATION5 echothecat Not what Turkey says.
Yes They did, behind closed doors. Like always. trump did Dont need green light to TURKEY the dictatorian country dictating what other countries should or should not do. as always. yet they are demonising china as the authoritarian regime. wtf? Your clan leader did Was Pompeo on the call with Erdagon? No, so just covering!
The definition of an arsehole isn’t just someone who does bad things, it’s someone who does bad things but then claims they didn’t...
Yes we did. Right. How about a nearly green light? Trump has lost public support for abandoning Kurdish allies. SecPompeo YOU LIE JUST LIKE TRUMP WhoTookHisPlaceInVietnamWar CadetBoneSpurs TrumpBetrayedTheKurds TrumpAndPompeoWarCrimes Does this guy ever stop stating the opposite of what everyone knows?
Who knows what Trump did Report news, not lies. Do better Reuters Pompeo, were you on the last phone call with Mr.Trump when he was cutting a business deal with Erdoğan? Bullshit! They sure as shit didn’t give a red light
Pompeo isn't calling the shots, Putin is. Fals claim and the president have said on telephone to Turkey. Don`t too much.? Mabey mother England did ? mean is the whole world your to use up all buy yourselfs not condoning either side just saying is all, but as usual fuck everybody their lives their health their Right to speech and freedom of press it's about your pocket book not the world's health
I heard that we ran the red light, Sorry about that. It was an emergency. Didn’t he get the memo Baloney. They also didn't tell them no F ing way OR ELSE! The America this guy would leave behind after 8 years would not be the one you and I once knew. Autocracy will infect all levels of Governance. Sure
UR not going to get very far politically with DT. What makes you think America will still be stuck in hate in 8 to 12 years. The GOP revolution was hijacked by DT. The GOP is dead! Turks never needed anybody’s green light through out their history.. And the gaslighting continues with no remorse? ? does it look like Putin Erdogan Saudi Arabia North Korea, and China are making out better than the USA. Erdogan is murdering the Kurdish people. Putin gets to co-rule Ukraine and keep Crimea. What do we get. A weaken security. The FBI & CIA are impotent DT had them spayed.
Pompeo, too, is a fuckingmoron. I believe that. In some weird twisted way 🤷♂️. Btw... Resist the 🌊 Why were our troops moved out of the way idiot This yutz thinks he's going to be president one day. Keep dreaming, pizza face. You don't have to say the words to send the message. Yes you did
Turkey would not invade Syria unless the U.S. agreed to it. Was he on the call? 😂 And Individual 1 did not mention Biden in his call to Ukraine...Yaaa Right! What another lying POC. Glad he’s still looking into Hillary’s effing e-mails. TrumpBetrayedTheKurds TrumpGenocide GFY POS weakling. Trump lies, Pompeo swears to it, Barr runs protection!
who think so! What you want to call it A RED LIGHT !!.We Americans know exactly what happened..The blood is on Donald Trump and the Republicans for letting this happen, knowing this man is a Train Wreck and Liar and Corrupt..it is time for them to stand up and say ENOUGH !
But you removed your army right ? That’s correct in his alternate universe that he lives in. I am a United States Navy veteran. I was lucky enough to have served during peacetime. But I trained with our foreign allies. And if called, I would have fought alongside them. I never, NEVER would have thought we would abandon them in their time of need.
IDIOT, why did the Americans withdraw? Use your brain, or have you also lost it on the floor like tRUMP did? He lies. Reuters prints. Yea right....you knew what they would do.. LIAR! LIAR! PANTS ON FIRE!!! 4 Pinocchio’s!!!!!!! SecPompeo is lying. He lies like Trump. Sure, fine, it was a yellow light. Basically, slow your roll until we get our soldiers out.
But , what's for lunch? Of not, TrumpBetrayedTheKurds and started TrumpGenocide as result TRump literally gave Turkey a green light to murder the Kurds by pulling out and leaving them behind TrumpBetrayedTheKurds TrumpGenocide What happened to Duty, Honor, Country? Chalking it up to a failure of imagination? I bet you wish you were believable!
Will these people ever stop lying? lol So the whole world just guessed right that this was going to happen right after the White House announcement Sunday? Ok. Let’s see the transcript. yeah it just removed all the stop signs. gimme a break. But they aren't going to do anything about it either.
Bullshit Oh, Turkey cares... If you look like a weak pushover, you look like a weak pushover. Well they didn’t stop it!! They have blood on their hands! Turkey: Pompeo lies as boldly as Trump Oh, but Trump did, mr. gaslight. Hell of a coincidence
No shit. Well then fix it because someone did. Right, all we did was vacated a house full of children, leaving the front door wide open, and announcing to the pedophile next door that we would not be back and to keep an eye on the kids. I beg to differ. Green light ... you can’t get anymore GREEN ✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅✅
russian_market This means green for the Turks... I believe the Red Light was our US Military. Disgusting what’s happening now. Sure they did, they moved out so the Turks could move in, they particularly gave them an engraved invitation. Bullshit In the famous words of Senator Harris, ‘was it suggested....hinted....inferred?’
Cray cray! Could they boy know. That’s worrisome.
Debi129 Oh? I bet the transcript of that Sunday call between Trump and Erdogan would be an interesting read. But I'm sure it's either locked up on a secret server or Trump ate it. It came directly from Trump and no one stopped him. Now they have blood on their hands. Congratulations as*holes. Let Congress investigate then
No, he just removed the entire traffic light. Wrong SecPompeo A well-known liar. People - let's not get too excited about ANYTHING said by anyone in this admin. It is ALL self-serving LIES. Propaganda Liar Who believes a word you say pompous But pay for my hotels, build my towers and we will turn a blind eye to anything
But he is complicit.
Saying doesn’t make it so. Saahearn Right 😉 Uh, of course they did. It does beg this little question - who gave the 'green light' to US military combat deployments in 7 Sovereign Countries, in 2018? And the dozen wars in the year before? Absolutely nobody believes this. Did not put up a red light either
Right. Like anyone can believe anything you say SecPompeo and i didnt give a two year old the ok to crap his diaper BloodOnYourHands
Its already been shown Pompeo is a liar. Sooo....what? PompeoIsATraitor PompeoIsATraitor PompeoIsATraitor PompeoIsATraitor StateDept PompeoIsATraitor So, did realDonaldTrump really mean what he said in his speech to the UN? “The future does not belong to globalist. The future belongs to patriots”. Now that Turkey acts in its own best interests, Trump wants to destroy Turkey’s economy. It seems his UN speech was BS.
As if Turks were asking for any permission to begin with. Uffff we should feel better about the massacre. Thank you MR. Pompeo, let’s all have sweet dreams. Goodnight don’t let the airstrike bite. They clearly did. Is it an 'incursion' or an 'invasion,' as other headlines are screaming? That’s exactly what he did
We do not believe you. You’ve lied about many things and using the state dept as trumps muscle to blackmail and coercing other countries.
Ummm I beg to differ Peter_S_Becks1 Don’t be ridiculous, Mike. FFS. Which clearly means that Turkey does not need an American green light to act in its own best interests. That was realDonaldTrump main point in his UN speech: globalism does not work and sovereign countries must act in their own best interest above all else.
It sure looks like we did Russya calling the shots now on Erdogan. Those who commented below this tweet, r all idiots. TR military vowed to fight against US units if they stayed at their positions. Trump tried protecting his soldiers. What do u expect? A US-TR fight? P. O. S. Well then what are you waiting for to do the right thing here? MikePompeo4USA
These people are all out of their minds.!!!!!!!
Of course we did um .... i actually think SecPompeo you did Gaslight much? I can’t wait for all these right wing tools to go back to their jobs in middle management at Carl’s Jr where they belong. Implied!!! Plausible deniability? Kansas sleaze. Poisened CIA and State Dept I find that hard to believe. I don't trust any of them. Trump must have known what his pulling out troops would do. If not, he's pretty stupid. Some genius, huh?
Well the President said the contrary He coddles Trump Yes they did StateDept SecPompeo trying to unring the bell.
Sure they did, SecPompeo. You must have missed POTUS giving Erdogan permission to take what he wanted from Syria after betraying your Kurdish allies ....... kind of like you seem to be missing Trump attempting to rewrite the Constitution with your tacit approval SecPompeo Seriously, it’s a shameful day in our history. Our flag has been dishonored and our character stained. You failed our allies. Please don’t make it worse by insulting our intelligence.
This is even worse if true. Don't believe your lying eyes and ears. But that’s what happened doughy. Counterpoint: Pompeo thinks he's going to be raptured. Good!!! I was so worried LindseyGrahamSC wasn’t going to be able to sleep. You won't see ISIS attacking Turkey. Because Turkey=ISIS=Turkey. Erdogan is a jihadi war criminal and an illegal land grabber. Look at their past Armenia, North Cypress and watch what they're doing now.
russian_market kurds betrayed by lord sidiou...sorry president Trump KurdsBetrayedByTrump what a change in leadership can mean
BS, WE KNOW BETTER...... THIS GUY HAS LOST ALL CREDIBILITY!!!!!!HE NEEDS TO BE IMPEACHED TOO!!! Sure they did, SecPompeo, You must have missed POTUS giving Ergodan permission to take what he wanted from Syria after betraying your Kurdish allies ....... kind of like you seem to be missing Trump attempting to rewrite the Constitution with your tacit approval
russian_market Yes they did Not green light, just a nudge and a wink! Release the tape Maybe you didn’t but your buddy did. Let’s hear that phone call word for word b realDonaldTrump did. He’s lost my vote unless he changes course quickly. I voted for you in 2016. Don’t assume my support is unconditional.
We don't need any green light or something that will be given by terrorist-backing yankees. Better they don't be beside those YPG terrorists while we are bombing them - unless they want to die with their terrorist brothers with U*A flag on their arms. 🇹🇷 Look at the picture. Turkey is after oil in Syria.
He’s lying Green light by any other name. It was 45 Playing with semantics here. He's right the US didn't. His boss that ignorant dictator loving ' Mr Softee' Donald J. tRump did. Pompeahead is doing the usual lying to cover up tRumps greed & ignorance Yeh yah, its like not telling the thief to steal by taking away the security....
Putin gave Turkey the green light. Erdogan made sure Trump understood loud and clear. The U.S. apparently doesn't have that kind of power in the region anymore, at least not as long as Trump is in the White House. Did you give them a Red light and the finger NE MUTLU TÜRKÜM DİYENE !!!🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷 TurkeyAgainstSDFnotKurds TurkeyJustKilledTerrorist TurkeyIsJustKillingTerrorists OperationPeaceSpring operationspringsofpeace
Ok, how about a yellow light Who believes this guy? Well that is weird since Trump says he did. Also, Pompeo is a liar. This administration lies all the time about any and everything. There is no way I believe anything SecPompeo says about this issue Traitors Yup. You did. Trump did though, so there's that.
I would hate to think that Pompeo was in the dark about Trump's decision to pull U.S. troups out. What kind of a message do you think Trump was sending? (we can all see the results unfolding). SAD. Turkey doesn’t need permission to clear its border TrumpAdministration I read Trump’s statement as a green light. Obviously so did Turkey. You guys need to communicate better with each other.
We don't need to any light... Our light comes from red&white! 🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷 TurkeyAgainstSDFnotKurds TurkeyJustKilledTerrorist TurkeyIsJustKillingTerrorists OperationPeaceSpring operationspringsofpeace
Liar. TurkeyJustKilledTerrorists' More Orwellian rewriting of reality by the GOP doomsday cult. What did any reasonable, thinking person think they were gonna do the second we allowed them to do that? That is so comforting. That ,and thoughts and prayers will patch up that perfidy nicely. Nobody will even notice by tomorrow,
Wow SecPompeo super weird that you would say Trump never gave the green light to Turkey. Tell us something, have you ever actually met the President? raise your hand if you don’t trust a word coming from the SecPompeo anymore. LiarsWhoLie LiesLiesLies OneLieLeadsToAnother CoverUp Is he that fucking stupid, or does he think we are to believe that line
SecPompeo Stop playing games. Trump gave the green light. He already admitted it. What have you been doing to stop this horrific betrayal? As if they cared. Now what? But realDonaldTrump knew the consequences if the U.S backed out of Syria. So in essence they did give a green light. You are just not telling the truth. We abandoned the Kurds to their deaths. Potus phone call paved the way.
Pompi is lying as always... Fat Pompeo is lying like the POTUS. Erdogan pays them both. “Well, yeah, we said we wouldn’t do anything to stop their slaughter of our Kurdish former-allies... but we definitely did not give them any lights. All the lightbulbs and traffic lights in the area have been accounted for.”
Did Someone ask green light from uS Scum? Are you kidding? POMPEO. IS. A. LIAR.
Yes the US did. Stabbed an ally in the back Damn he is stupid WELL NO SHIT SHERLOCK BUT IT WASNT ROCKET SCIENCE FIGURING OUT THAT THIS WAS EXACTLY WHAT THE TURKS WERE GONNA DO Outright lie. SecPompeo you are lying to yourself. Or just oblivious to the obvious implications of things. Or just so desperate for Trump’s continued favor, or maybe just trying to protect your own name, that you have resorted to parroting his bullshit.
ImpeachPompeo he fails to uphold his oath to defend the country and lies about it, too. No honor. Needs to be removed,and if necessary, prosecuted for any crimes. Simply letting them do it is the green light. A distinction without a difference. Turkey is attacking US allies in Syria. Either the US is doing something about that, or not. Pompeo explicitly says the US is not.
Murderers all. He was a disgrace to Kansas and now all Americans Okay Pompous Pompeo: lies, distracts, confuses, avoids answering direct questions, and repeats the GOP communication cycle as previously defined. Ok.. This is not incursion👍 Because we are not united states of america..😉 We are peaceful REPUBLIC OF TURKEY.. 🇹🇷
That’s a lie Oh well, that makes a difference then. If the US didn't say murdering the Kurds was OK then we must say 'naughty Turkey' and everything Trump did was A-OK. AT LEAST COME UP WITH A GOOD EXCUSE, YOU COLLECTIVE GROUP OF MFers. Well you sure as hell didn’t put up a red light either Just Trump asking one if his Tyrant pals to wag the dog for him on a phone call.
Pompeo is a liar. He admitted to being a liar and traitor himself. Do not listen to the Trump & Cult propaganda. except you did give them a green light in all but name No? Then what does pulling U.S. troops out of the region mean? Moving out of the way for a snow plow? Why asking him?, he’s a traitor! any fool would know this would be the outcome...