"Let someone argue about this long-blooded sand," said Trump.
He paid tribute to the truce and suggested that the agreement would save tens of thousands of Kurdish lives in the region – though one day Previously, Russia and Turkey agreed on a plan to take Syrian Kurdish fighters from a wide area south of the Turkish border to consolidate the outstanding role of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Syria as US troops withdraw and US influence wears off.
Leave Turkey and Russia in control of the territory formerly occupied by Kurdish forces that were once allied with the United States.
The Trump administration announced sanctions on October 1
4 after the Turkish military offensive against Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria. This offensive followed Trump's announcement that US troops would be withdrawn from Syria – a decision that provoked fierce, cross-party criticism.
In his remarks on Wednesday, Trump called the truce "permanent," adding that the word "questionable." One that should be used in the discussion of the region – and said that the sanctions against Turkey would be lifted, "unless something happens that we are not satisfied with."
Trump also said he had spoken by phone with the Kurdish general Mazloum Abdi, whom he assured that Islamic state fighters will remain in captivity.
"Some dropped out, a small number," Trump said, adding that some were recaptured, despite statements made by other government officials. As a sign of tensions between Trump and the leaders of the Republican Party, Trump suggested that he remain open for a possible visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan next month – despite a resolution by Mitch McConnell (R -Ky.) Has invited him on Tuesday to resign from the invitation until a true truce is reached.
"In his eyes, he does the right thing for his country, and we may meet in the near future," Trump said of Erdogan.
Trump was harshly criticized by members of both parties when he decided earlier this month to withdraw US troops from northeastern Syria. Many argued that Trump gave Erdogan the green light to launch a military offensive against the Syrian Kurds.
On Wednesday, legislators criticized Trump's decision to lift sanctions.
Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.), Minority Leader in the Senate, called Trump's announcement "another senseless and counterproductive foreign policy decision" that "contains no plan to ensure the permanent defeat of the IS. "
" The idea that the United States should trust Turkey, which has already shown its willingness to ignore President Trump, to secure ISIS fighters and sympathizers now, is a deception and a danger, "said Schumer in one Statement. "President Trump's weakness towards strong men and his ruthless decision-making endangers the lives of our allies, Americans, and our national security."
Liz Cheney (Wyo.), The third-in-class Republican of the House, tweeted that the US withdrawal "made possible the resurgence of the IS".
"IS is a threat to the American homeland, and Putin & Erdogan are retreating and handing our security into Assad's hands, strengthening our enemies, weakening America and making us less secure."
In one Tweet Wednesday morning Trump declared this The situation at the Turkish-Syrian border was a "great success."
"The safe zone was created!" Trump said. "Truce has been held and combat operations are over Kurds are safe and have worked very well with us, securing prisoner ISIS prisoners. "
Even as Trump declared success in Syria, US policy seemed to be in disarray, with Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper in the Iraqi capital to discuss the redistribution of hundreds of US troops after the Iraqi military announced its refusal to allow American forces to remain in the country The Special Representative of the Government for Syria was rebuked by legislators who rejected his insistence on the US's objectives in Syria – preventing a resurgence of the Islamic state, expelling President Bashar al-Assad's Iranian allies and building a functioning democracy in the country. remained intact.
Some, such as Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Reported on Islamic state prisoners who had fled Kurdish prisons in Syria and that militants could occupy Syrian oil fields.
Other "I have the greatest respect for you," Menendez told Jeffrey, "but you can." try to give a pig lipstick, but it is still a pig. You can try to call capitulation victory, and it's still surrender.
Kareem Fahim and Erin Cunningham in Istanbul and Karen DeYoung in Washington contributed to this report.