Speaking to CNBC’s Wilfred Frost this Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Donald Trump is willing to take military action against Turkey if the country continues to attack Northeast Syria.
“We prefer peace to war,” Pompeo said on Closing Bell. “But in the event that kinetic action or military action is needed, you should know that President Trump is fully prepared to undertake that action.”
Pompeo declined to give specifics, saying that he doesn’t want to “get out in front of the president’s decision about whether to take the awesome undertaking of using America’s military might,” adding that economic and diplomatic “powers” could also be used.
There’s a couple of things that are wrong with Pompeo’s statement. One is that Trump is the one that allowed Turkey to attack Syria, and the other is that Turkey is a NATO ally.
Take a look at Pompeo’s comments in the video clip below:
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