President Trump Delivers Remarks About Northern Syria – Video and Transcript…

Earlier today President Trump delivered remarks about the ongoing issues with Turkey and Northern Syria from the White House.  [Video and Transcript]


[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much. My fellow Americans, I greet you this morning from the White House to announce a major breakthrough toward achieving a better future for Syria and for the Middle East. It’s been a long time.

Over the last five days, you have seen that a ceasefire that we established along Syria’s border has held, and it’s held very well, beyond most expectations. Early this morning, the government of Turkey informed my administration that they would be stopping combat and their offensive in Syria, and making the ceasefire permanent. And it will indeed be permanent. However you would also define the word “permanent” in that part of the world as somewhat questionable, we all understand that. But I do believe it will be permanent.

I have therefore instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to lift all sanctions imposed on October 14th in response to Turkey’s original offensive moves against the Kurds in Syria’s northeast border region. So the sanctions will be lifted unless something happens that we’re not happy with.

This was an outcome created by us, the United States, and nobody else, no other nation. Very simple. And we’re willing to take blame, and we’re also willing to take credit. This is something they’ve been trying to do for many, many decades. Since then, others have come out to help, and we welcome them to do so. Other countries have stepped forward, they want to help, and we think that’s great. The nations in the region must ultimately take on the responsibility of helping Turkey and Syria police their border. We want other nations to get involved.

We’ve secured the oil, and, therefore, a small number of U.S. troops will remain in the area where they have the oil. And we’re going to be protecting it, and we’ll be deciding what we’re going to do with it in the future.

In any event, by the moves that we’ve made, we are achieving a much more peaceful and stable area between Turkey and Syria, including a 20-mile-wide safe zone. An interesting term, “safe zone.” That’s the term we’re using it. Hopefully, that zone will become safe. Thousands and thousands of people have been killed in that zone over the years. But it’s been sought for many, many decades, and I think we have something that’s going to be strong and hold up.

Turkey, Syria, and all forms of the Kurds, have been fighting for centuries. We have done them a great service, and we’ve done a great job for all of them. And now we’re getting out. A long time. We were supposed to be there for 30 days; that was almost 10 years ago. So we’re there for 30 days, and now we’re leaving. It was supposed to be a very quick hit and let’s get out. And it was a quick hit, except they stayed for almost 10 years. Let someone else fight over this long-bloodstained sand.

I want to thank Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Pompeo for leading the American delegation so successfully to Turkey several days ago, along with National Security Advisor O’Brien. I want to thank them very much. The American delegation negotiated the original five-day ceasefire that [DEL: ended :DEL] [enabled] Kurdish fighters to safely leave. It just got them to a point where, frankly, they were able. It enabled them to get out, to go and move, really, just a few miles in a slightly different direction. So this enabled them to do so.

Countless lives are now being saved as a result of our negotiation with Turkey — an outcome reached without spilling one drop of American blood. No injuries. Nobody shot, nobody killed.

I have just spoken to General Mazloum, a wonderful man, the Commander-in-Chief of the SDF Kurds. And he was extremely thankful for what the United States has done. Could not have been more thankful. General Mazloum has assured me that ISIS is under very, very strict lock and key, and the detention facilities are being strongly maintained. There were a few that got out — a small number, relatively speaking — and they’ve been largely recaptured.

I’m also sure that he will be issuing his own statement very shortly. We had a great talk. But we’ve saved the lives of many, many Kurds. He understands that. The war was going to be vicious and probably not very long. And I’m very happy to have been involved in it, as are our Vice President, our Secretary of State, and all of the other people on our team. By getting that ceasefire to stick, we’ve done something that’s very, very special. But by getting the ceasefire after a tremendous amount of really tough war for a very short period of days, that is something very special.

Our troops are safe, and the pain and suffering of the three-day fight that occurred was directly responsible for our ability to make an agreement with Turkey and the Kurds that could never have been made without this short-term outburst.

Should Turkey fail to honor its obligations, including the protection of religious and ethnic minorities — which I truly believe they will do — we reserve the right to re-impose crippling sanctions, including substantially increased tariffs on steel and all other products coming out of Turkey.

We are now an economic powerhouse like never before, and, very importantly, like no other. Our economic might is stronger than it’s ever been, and our competitors are not doing very well.

We also expect Turkey to abide by its commitment regarding ISIS. As a backup to the Kurds watching over them, should something happen, Turkey is there to grab them.

Further, we implore European countries to come and take those fighters that the U.S. captured and bring them back to their countries for incarceration and for trial. Until just recently, Europe has been very unresponsive in doing what they should have been doing for a long time. Now is their chance to finally act.

American forces defeated 100 percent of the ISIS caliphate during the last two years. We thank the Syrian Democratic Forces for their sacrifices in this effort. They’ve been terrific. Now Turkey, Syria, and others in the region must work to ensure that ISIS does not regain any territory. It’s their neighborhood; they have to maintain it. They have to take care of it.

There were some political pundits who responded to Turkey’s offensive in Syria by calling for yet another American military intervention. I don’t think so. But halting the incursion by military force would have required deploying tens of thousands of American troops against Turkey — a NATO Ally and a country the United States has developed a very good relationship with, including President Erdoğan.

The same people that I watched and read — giving me and the United States advice — were the people that I have been watching and reading for many years. They are the ones that got us into the Middle East mess but never had the vision or the courage to get us out. They just talk.

How many Americans must die in the Middle East in the midst of these ancient sectarian and tribal conflicts? After all of the precious blood and treasure America has poured into the deserts of the Middle East, I am committed to pursuing a different course — one that leads to victory for America.

Through much work, we have done things that everybody said couldn’t be done. Today’s announcement validates our course of action with Turkey that only a couple of weeks ago were scorned, and now people are saying, “Wow. What a great outcome. Congratulations.” It’s too early to me to be congratulated, but we’ve done a good job. We’ve saved a lot of lives.

Most importantly, we have avoided another costly military intervention that could’ve led to disastrous, far-reaching consequences. Many thousands of people could’ve been killed.

The last administration said, “Assad must go.” They could’ve easily produced that outcome, but they didn’t. In fact, they drew a very powerful red line in the sand — you all remember, the red line in the sand — when children were gassed and killed, but then did not honor their commitment as other children died in the same horrible manner. But I did honor my commitments with 58 Tomahawks.

Eight long years after President Obama’s ill-fated push at regime change, U.S. troops are still on the ground in Syria. More than half a million people are dead, hundreds of thousands are terribly injured, and millions more Syrians are displaced. It really is a nightmare of misery.

Across the Middle East, we have seen anguish on a colossal scale. We have spent $8 trillion on wars in the Middle East, never really wanting to win those wars. But after all that money was spent and all of those lives lost, the young men and women gravely wounded — so many — the Middle East is less safe, less stable, and less secure than before these conflicts began.

The same people pushing for these wars are often the ones demanding America open its doors to unlimited migration from war-torn regions, importing the terrorism and the threat of terrorism right to our own shores. But not anymore. My administration understands that immigration security is national security.

As a candidate for President, I made clear that we needed a new approach to American foreign policy, one guided not by ideology, but by experience, history, and a realistic understanding of the world.

We are building up America’s military might like never before, investing $2.5 trillion since my election. But we will not be depleted. We will not happen again. It will not be allowed to happen again, where our military is depleted, fighting in areas of the world where we shouldn’t be.

When we commit American troops to battle, we must do so only when a vital national interest is at stake, and when we have a clear objective, a plan for victory, and a path out of conflict. That’s what we have to have. We need a plan of victory. We will only win. Our whole basis has to be the right plan, and then we will only win. Nobody can beat us. Nobody can beat us.

I want to again thank everyone on the American team who helped achieve the ceasefire in Syria, saved so many lives, along with President Erdoğan of Turkey — a man I’ve gotten to know very well and a man who loves his country. And, in his mind, he’s doing the right thing for his country, and we may be meeting in the very near future.

I also want to thank General Mazloum for his understanding and for his great strength and for his incredible words today to me — but me just as a representative of the United States — because he knows that we saved tens of thousands of Kurds. And we’re not talking in the long term, we’re talking in the short term. We’re talking something that was going on immediately and something, frankly, that was planned for a long time.

The job of our military is not to police the world. Other nations must step up and do their fair share. That hasn’t taken place. Today’s breakthrough is a critical step in that direction.

Thank you all very much, and God bless America. Thank you. Thank you.

END 11:56 A.M. EDT

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84 Responses to President Trump Delivers Remarks About Northern Syria – Video and Transcript…

  1. NoeliCannoli says:

    Not tired of winning.

    Liked by 22 people

  2. MaineCoon says:

    MyPresident came out of this smelling like a rose! Par for the course. Slam dunk of the Europeans! The do nothin’ allies.

    When’s Merkle leaving?

    Liked by 16 people

  3. ABN says:

    “War by other means,” in this case wits and economics. Great move by our much loved POTUS.

    Liked by 14 people

  4. Just how effective this will be won’t be determined until Nancy Pelosi and her band of merry foreign policymakers have met with the Kurds and the Turks. 😉

    Liked by 3 people

  5. A fantastic speech that should 1) rile the pi$$ out of the Rinos and Never Trumpers; 2) drive the Dems further into the abyss; and 3) endear the President to all REAL Americans. Oh yes, it will aggravate the “military-Industrial” complex. Pi$$ on them too. MAGA

    Liked by 27 people

    • FrankieZee says:

      I hope the women who are on the fence about voting for him, probably because they are offended by his tweets, realize that this man wants to save the lives of their sons and daughters who are sent to fight these useless wars that only enrich the NEOCONS and the military industrial complex. This man never stops winning for Americans.

      Liked by 18 people

      • I hope the women who are on the fence about voting for him, probably because they are offended by his tweets

        There is great use of the franchise. And people wonder why I think the 19th was a bad idea.

        Let the stoning begin.

        Liked by 1 person

      • PatriotKate says:

        In my travels, it’s not the women who object to The President’s tweets. I’m in sales and it’s the businessmen who don’t always understand it. They are the ones who think it’s “unseemly.” I’m constantly reminding them that it’s his primary way of communicating.

        The women love it because he’s a real man, fighting for us.

        Liked by 7 people

        • swimeasy says:

          Thanks Kate. POTUS is a New Yorker who has stayed in touch with his roots and work ethic and has resisted becoming haughty. I grew up in Queens myself and even to this day I am considered abrupt at times for those who do not understand where I am coming from on issues. To anyone who asks me about POTUS who has any doubts, I suggest they look at his accomplishments rather than evidence of soaring empty rhetoric.

          Liked by 4 people

          • GB Bari says:

            To anyone who asks me about POTUS who has any doubts, I suggest they look at his accomplishments rather than evidence of soaring empty rhetoric.

            I suggest everyone who reads your reply take your advice and use the same response to those who also appear to be caught up in the pearl clutching syndrome.

            Liked by 2 people

        • Dutchman says:

          We call them ‘beta males’or ‘cucks’.

          They don’t understand that the way to deal with a bully, is NOT by avoidance, its by confrontation.

          And, the confuse CONFRONTING a bully, with BEING a bully. Dey got no cajones, and resent anyone who does.


          Liked by 3 people

    • PVCDroid says:

      My only concern is the deep state sponsored RINO Senators will vote for impeachment and remove him from office = 2/3rd majority. They may lose there jobs but they are financially set up for life anyway from their schemes.


    • 56packardman says:

      In other words, it’s a WIN all around for our side! 👍

      Liked by 6 people

    • DV Meca says:

      Yes. Yes. Yes. That’s my President. He actually said “Let other countries fight over this bloodstained sand.” One guy with the balls to take on the miitary-industrial complex, backstabbing fake friends like the EU & corrupt multinational corporations. And winning.


  6. hocuspocus13 says:

    ✨ “Give ✨ Peace ✨ a ✨ Chance” ✨

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Dances with Wolverines says:

    Peace on earth! Good will toward men

    Liked by 7 people

    • Amen to that Dances with Wolverines.

      I can not tell you how many past years my family has sent Christmas packages to our beloved family members serving in the middle east and in so many other over seas “conflicts”.

      It is so nice to be able to think that our loved ones who serve in the military will not be uselessly ground up and spat out in our federal elected officials endless wars that have enriched them.

      God Bless President Trump.

      Liked by 2 people

  8. Dee Paul Deje says:

    Dems, MSM, and Never-Trump RINOs: “Peace sucks! IMPEACH.”

    Liked by 7 people

  9. Dances with Wolverines says:

    Matthew 5:9
    Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.

    Liked by 17 people

  10. Is Nancy still over there? Maybe she can stay there!! Put her in ISIS population!!😁

    God bless America and our wonderful president!!

    Liked by 4 people

  11. @ChicagoBri says:

    “As a candidate for President, I made clear that we needed a new approach to American foreign policy, one guided not by ideology, but by experience, history, and a realistic understanding of the world.”

    And he won Senator McConnell; President Trump won.

    Liked by 12 people

  12. American Nationalist says:

    The moment Trump won the presidency was in Iowa, where he did something no Republican had done before: Put the Neocons on notice. 30 years of American bloodshed and as POTUS Trump said, not a single victory. Not one victory but a lot of pain and needless sacrifice.

    It’s the one thing binding all Trump supporters together: No to Neocons as wannabe Napoleon’s but in fact are terrible strategists getting our people killed.

    Liked by 8 people

  13. beaujest says:

    I thought Pierre Delecto said this move by our president was terrible !

    Liked by 3 people

  14. woohoowee says:

    Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me…

    Thank you, Mr. President 🙂

    Liked by 4 people

    • KAR says:

      Yes, it’s his positive thinking that does it! Trump was a great follower of Norman Vincent Peale and attended Peale’s lectures in New York every Sunday for years and years. The miracle of mind power!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Daniel says:

    When Turkey launched a military offensive, they blamed Trump.

    What do these RACISTS think about Turkey and Erdogan? That they aren’t people and aren’t capable of controlling themselves or can’t be held accountable for their own deeds? Who are these RACISTS who think because they are “brown people” that it’s not their fault?

    What is it in their brains that doesn’t hold accountable the people who actually did the horrible thing?


    • Raptors2020 says:

      So true, Daniel. It’s Liberal racism. The black and brown people of the world can’t survive without their so-called help. It’s how they justify to themselves the multi-generational welfare trap of the Democrat plantation.


  16. Hollywood Bungalow says:

    Hope to hear of a large aid package soon for the Kurds. Food, water, medical supplies, etc.


  17. Mike in a Truck says:

    This is how a leader leads a great nation. Americas interests first. And when the next bobbleheads want to get us in a war for regime change and nation building make it a requirement that the draft is called up. We shall see if Americans appetite for 20 year wars is jazzed up when little johnny and jill are yanked out of junior college to go die for Globalist causes.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. tax2much says:

    It’s time for Mitch and Bitch to declare war if they want to continue their meddling, but quit waging war on our President.

    Liked by 3 people

  19. cliffaheadwolvesbehind says:

    Great speech! Awesome President!!
    Unfortunately, except for us, no one will ever hear it.
    All his great works get blanketed over by crap.
    Sorry, just so sick of them all today.
    You know who I mean.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. listingstarboard says:

    Love the mural wall covering in this room-never noticed it before! POTUS with George Washington over his shoulder–very poignant!

    Liked by 2 people

  21. rebelinme2 says:

    I am getting tired of the UK and Europe pointing at the US an condemning us as racist, and at fault for ME conflicts, and condemning the US for letting down the Kurds. It was the UK and France that divided up the Kurds and allotted the Kurdish liberty to be divided among Iran, Turkey, and Iraq like so much property. The UK has a long history of giving away peoples to countries that dictate over the people instead of liberating those countries and their people. We did not let the Kurds down, the UK and France sold off the Kurd’s homeland and people in the 40s.

    Liked by 2 people

  22. ristvan says:

    End Endless Wars. A new MAGA sub brand added to Build the Wall, Cut Regulations, Tax Cut Reform, America First, USMCA…
    Gonna be a 2020 landslide. Political Richter 9 earthquake.

    Liked by 12 people

  23. 335blues says:

    President Trump cares about America, and the lives of Americans.
    GOD bless President Trump, and GOD bless America.

    Liked by 4 people

  24. trapper says:

    I posted this in the daily thread, but it also belongs here because it occurred while NBC was doing fill, waiting for PDJT to come to the podium. Since no one has ventured an answer, I will ask again here. It still has me a bit creeped out.

    I have a question for everyone. We were watching NBC prior to the president’s announcement this morning (couldn’t look away – I had no idea NBC had gotten this bad) and noticed something weird. They had their foreign correspondent Richard Engel on, hyperventilating about our “betrayal of the Kurds.” But while he was on camera talking the screen kept cutting to him with two black eyes, a bandage across his nose, and blood on his chin. And it wasn’t just a still picture. The image of a beat-up Engel was talking, his chin was moving as he spoke, then it cut back to regular Engel, also chin moving and talking. It was two identical images transposed, like they were layering on injuries, then taking them away, as he spoke.

    Can anyone here explain what was going on with this? Extremely strange.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bessie2003 says:

      Interesting. In the olden days it was called using subliminal perception, quick insertions of images so that the viewer’s conscious mind doesn’t register the idea being planted into their subconscious mind.

      It used to be illegal but since Obama made propaganda against US citizens legal while in his last days of office, it may be making a comeback. Often I’ve seen images inserted and quickly disappear, and it is another way, less subtle than the ones that the conscious mind doesn’t pick up on, but just as effective.


  25. upstate909 says:

    My favorite part of the speech was when PDJT called out the people who get us into these endless wars are the same ones who demand we take in the refugees of the war torn areas. It is the game the government lifers play with our emotions and our lives. God Bless President Donald Trump!

    Liked by 3 people

  26. Nick The Deplorable says:

    So the President was correct. He knows more about war than all the generals.

    Liked by 5 people

  27. CNN_sucks says:

    Demoncrats are going pretzels. This shows their true color that they don’t really care. It is all about money and power. Sick people. Thank you, PDJT, showing us that this people are evil and despicable.

    Liked by 1 person

  28. George 1 says:

    I had a neighbor who told me that the president should have at least given at least a weeks notice to the Kurds to allow time for them to safely move out. I told the neighbor that he should keep up with real news events. Had the President announced the withdrawal of troops very much in advance the CIA would have staged a false flag event of some type to derail the entire thing.

    The President is on to them bigtime.

    Liked by 2 people

  29. SOTM says:

    I am a 10year vet and there was more truth spoken in this speech then I have heard of any president!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  30. As I have said before here, “future historians will write more about this President than they wrote about Abraham Lincoln.” We will read about “the Trump Doctrine…s.” We will see for ourselves what happens when a truly experienced negotiator who “thinks outside the box” is put in charge of a country. He is routinely accomplishing “what they said couldn’t be done,” although he is only two-thirds of the way through his first term.

    The tremendous gamble made by the American People in 2016 has paid off tremendously. We have never had a US President like this one. And… he will not be the last of his kind… merely the first.

    “The game has changed. Forever.”

    Liked by 1 person

  31. mushroom says:

    I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but…

    Why are all these clowns going crazy over Syria? It is not the Kurds (we’ve been abandoning them in every conflict since Desert Storm) ISIS? (Weren’t worried about the caliphate until DJT) Our troops? (28 in harms way) Syria? (Haaaaaa Haaaaa) Iran? (Been pandering to them and throwing them buckets of cash until DJT) So….time to do some research.

    Drugs?…saw some crazy theories here. Upon initial review, something strange.
    Captagon “The Drug of Choice in War-Torn Syria”-Forbes
    Captagon, 7-ethyltheophyllineamphetamine, Biocapton, fenethylline, fenethylline monohydrochloride, fenetylline
    1961 Germany, type of amphetamine
    IT IS THE JIHADIST DRUG. Rampant use throughout Middle East for combatants and jihadists.

    BULGARIA- The major producer for Europe and Middle East until recently. Logistic lines to Middle East became too tenuous…so

    SYRIA- now THE producer and distributor for Middle East???

    Wikileaks –
    United States Department of State
    Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
    International Narcotics Control Strategy Report
    Volume I Drug and Chemical Control March 2018

    This is a 288 (yes 288 single spaced) page report on ALL things drugs in the world. Countries, Drugs, Production, Distribution, Money Laundering, Busts, Enforcement, Trends…

    70 ish countries covered
    NOTE!! SYRIA and BULGARIA are NOT studied!!! Interesting?

    PAGE 163 (yes 163)
    FIRST time I saw anything Captagon (it was fenethylline) was in the Egypt country study. (Egypt? Interesting. 5 million pills confiscated)

    PAGE 213
    LEBANON – first detailed description of Captagon/fenethylline
    This report says Lebanon is the major producer and distributor of fenethylline
    Interesting…In 2013, the United States discontinued all material assistance to Lebanon’s Internal Security Force’s counter-narcotics unit, based on reports of human rights violations. There has been no U.S. material assistance to this unit within the last four fiscal years. However, U.S. law enforcement entities continue to exchange information with Lebanese counterparts on narcotics matters.

    PAGE 276
    TURKEY – 2.5 million pills seized fenethylline
    Turkey also serves as a transit route for methamphetamine smuggled by air from Iran and bound for markets in Southeast Asia, as well as ATS(amphetamines) originating in Eastern Europe bound for countries in the Middle East.

    PAGE 279 (Ukraine, yes UKRAINE)
    2 large busts fenethylline 426kg on its way to UNITED ARAB EMIRATES and KUWAIT
    The use of synthetic drugs and psychotropic substances, especially amphetamine-type stimulants ATS, has been rapidly increasing in Ukraine over the past decade, following international trends. Synthetic drugs are trafficked to Ukraine primarily from Poland, Lithuania, and the Netherlands, but they are also produced locally in small clandestine labs.

    Southeast Asia
    Big player in ATS (amphetamine-type stimulants) Don’t mention fenethylline

    No Iraq? Saudi Arabia (huge consumer of captagon)? Yemen? Jordan? United Arab Emirates? Kuwait? Bahrain? Qatar?

    First question. Why is this 1960s drug RAMPANT in the Middle East, and NOWHERE else??
    Second question. Why is the new major producer SYRIA, and the old main producer, BULGARIA left out of this report?
    Third question. Report says Lebanon is major producer. WHY then, did we stop assisting their drug enforcement agency in 2013?
    Fourth question. Shouldn’t someone in our government give a damn about THE drug of choice for JIHADISTS?????

    Someone here please help me explain what is going on here.


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