U.S. President Donald Trump hails the announcement of a "ceasefire" in northern Syria as a "great day" for Turkey and the Kurds, Thursday, October 17. “It's a great day for the United States. It's a great day for Turkey. It's a great day for our partners who have really worked. I mean, a lot of people questioned some of them. I'm not questioning anybody. They really did. The Kurds were great. A great day for the Kurds. It's really a great day for civilization," he told reporters.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has announced a cease-fire in Turkey's assault on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, following talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara.
The meeting came a day after Trump dismissed the importance of the outcome of the fighting, saying it "has nothing to do with us," even as the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a resolution condemning his troop withdrawal. Trump instead disparaged the Kurdish fighters, who had fought alongside U.S. troops against Islamic State terrorists, as "no angels."
U.S. Senate leaders announced plans for legislation with wide-ranging sanctions against NATO member Turkey, for the offensive against the Kurdish fighters and also its purchase of a Russian-made defensive missile system against the wishes of the U.S. and other NATO governments.