United States President Donald Trump announced on Monday night that he will issue an Executive Order authorizing sanctions against Turkey in response to Ankara’s recent military actions in northern Syria.
More specifically, President Trump forcefully noted in his statement that he is ”fully prepared to swiftly destroy Turkey’s economy if Turkish leaders continue down this dangerous and destructive path.”
Statement from President Donald J. Trump Regarding Turkey’s Actions in Northeast Syria pic.twitter.com/ZCQC7nzmME
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2019
Using an exceptionally aggressive tone, President Trump announced that he will again increase tariffs on Turkish steel to 50 percent, and stop all negotiations with Turkey which had been hoped to lead to a $100-billion trade deal between Washington and Ankara.
”Turkey’s action is precipitating a humanitarian crisis and setting conditions for possible war crimes,” the American President declared in Monday’s statement.
Using an exceptionally forceful tone, President Trump concluded his statement by declaring that the US will ”aggressively use economic sanctions to target those who enable, facilitate, and finance these heinous acts in Syria.”
In the early hours of Tuesday, the American Treasury announced that the Ministries and Ministers of Turkey’s Energy and Defense are included in the list of sanctions, as well as the country’s Minister of the Interior.
Additionally, the US Treasury Secretary told reporters in Washington that the American sanctions will be so heavy that they could have a severe impact on the Turkish economy.
United States Vice President Mike Pence also announced that he will personally visit Ankara as soon as possible, stating that Washington never gave the green light to Turkey to invade Syria.