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US News Pompeo: Trump 'fully prepared' to use military force if necessary

08:30  22 october  2019
08:30  22 october  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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President Trump "is fully prepared" to use military force should it be "needed," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday when asked about Turkey's invasion of Syria.

CNBC's Wilfred Frost in an interview with Pompeo addressed the recent U.S.-brokered cease-fire in Syria that Ankara had agreed to last week. The journalist asked Pompeo what might warrant a military response.

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"Where we see American interests at stake or fundamental norms around the world that need to be enforced, we'll use all the powers that we have," Pompeo told Frost on "Closing Bell."

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President Donald Trump is " fully prepared " to " use all the power that we have," including military force if necessary , to protect U.S. interests Meanwhile, Pompeo would not say what would prompt a military response from the United States, as he does not want to "get out in front of the president's

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"We prefer peace to war. 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," he added.

It wasn't clear that Pompeo was referring specifically to Turkey. Trump has faced widespread condemnation following his decision earlier this month to pull U.S. troops from northeast Syria, essentially giving Turkey the green light to launch an invasion against Syrian Kurdish fighters and civilians. The U.S. has counted on the Kurds as a vital partner in the fight against ISIS, though Turkey sees them as part of a terrorist arm known as the PKK.

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President Donald Trump is prepared to use military force if "needed," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday when he was asked about "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."

US President Donald Trump is “ fully prepared ” to use military force against Turkey if “needed,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared, qualifying the statement by insisting Washington prefers to use its “diplomatic powers.” “We prefer peace to war,” Pompeo told CNBC in a taped interview that

"We never agreed to protect the Kurds," Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday. "We supported them for 3 ½, four years. We never agreed to protect the Kurds for the rest of their lives."

He also said he doesn't believe it will be necessary to leave U.S. troops in Syria except to secure oil fields.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, listens to President Donald Trump, left, speak during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) © ASSOCIATED PRESS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, listens to President Donald Trump, left, speak during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Pompeo would not say what would warrant a military response from the U.S. but noted that "we've done it before," a reference to when the Trump administration struck Syria government facilities in 2017 and 2018 after Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against civilians.

"We did it, and the world should know that we will continue to do that," Pompeo said before adding that the administration would prefer to use economic or diplomatic means.

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CNBC's Wilfred Frost sat down with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to talk about a variety of topics, including the Ukraine call, theTurkey cease-fire, the

"We prefer peace to war But if military action is needed, then you should know that President Trump is fully prepared to take such steps," he said in an interview with CNBC. Pompeo declined to explain what actions might lead to a military response from the United States.

He added that did not want to "get out in front of the president's decision about whether to take the awesome undertaking of using America's military might."

President Donald Trump gestures while speakings during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) © ASSOCIATED PRESS President Donald Trump gestures while speakings during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The administration last week announced it would impose sanctions on Turkey over its Syria incursion before announcing days later that it would not impose them after the NATO ally and Kurdish forces agreed to a five-day cease-fire. The 120 hours would allow the Kurdish fighters to evacuate a safe zone roughly 20 miles from the Turkey-Syria border.

The deal was quickly panned by lawmakers, including Republicans who regularly back Trump, who said it abandoned a U.S. partner with no repercussions for Turkey.

Pompeo, however, said he was "fully convinced that that work saved lives."

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