Trump misrepresented the developments that led to Turkey's decision to buy the Russian system, blamed the Obama administration for the situation, and blamed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the "very difficult situation in which they were forced to "sympathize.
"Because they have a missile system made in Russia, they are now prohibited from buying over 100 aircraft," Trump said in a cabinet meeting on Turkey. "I'd say (F-35 maker) Lockheed is not exactly happy, it's a lot of jobs, and honestly, I've always had a very good relationship with Erdogan," Trump added.
When Trump spoke to the White House, he lamented the decision, saying that it was the fault of the previous government that it had refused to sell Turkey a similar US system.
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Trump said the decision to ban F-35 sales was one he reluctantly met.
"We are Now I tell Turkey that we will not sell you the F-35 fighters because you were really forced to buy another missile system," said the President. "It's a very difficult situation they are in and it's a very difficult situation we've been transferred to, the United States, after all this has been said, we'll work on it, we'll see what happens, but it does is not really fair. "
" Not fair "
" Since he's bought a Russian rocket, we can not sell him billions of dollars worth of planes, it's 'fair', Trump went on
Trump did not appeal any new sanctions against Turkey after the purchase of the Russian air defense system S-400, and government officials and lawmakers have been warning for weeks that Turkey will face sanctions when it comes to sanctions
The first shipment of the Russian-made system landed in Ankara last week, Erdogan has announced that the system will be fully operational by April
Mark Espe Trump's election as Secretary of Defense, said Turkey's decision to buy the Russian system was "disappointing". During his confirmatory hearing on Tuesday, Esper said Turkey is "a long-time and very capable NATO ally, but its decision for the S-400 is wrong and disappointing."
Ryan Browne of CNN contributed to this report.