Trump releases a statement on Turkey's operation
US President Trump described Turkey's campaign in Syria as an "invasion" and an "attack," saying the US does not endorse the operation.
US President Donald Trump has issued a written statement on Turkey's operation in Syria.
"This morning, Turkey, a NATO member, invaded Syria. The United States does not endorse this attack and has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea," Trump said.
Stating that there are no American soldiers in the area, Trump noted that he made it clear that he "does not want to fight these endless, senseless wars, from the first day I entered the political arena — especially those that don’t benefit the United States."
Turkey has committed to protecting civilians, protecting religious minorities, including Christians, and ensuring no humanitarian crisis takes place—and we will hold them to this commitment, Trump added.
"In addition, Turkey is now responsible for ensuring all ISIS fighters being held captive remain in prison and that ISIS does not reconstitute in any way, shape, or form," he said.
"We expect Turkey to abide by all of its commitments, and we continue to monitor the situation closely," Trump warned.