Politics 10:46 10/07/2019 Region

Pres. Trump is about to damage U.S. interests just to please Erdogan

By Harut Sassounian

Publisher, The California Courier

President Donald Trump is on the verge of making a serious mistake, jeopardizing the security of the United States and other NATO members if he decides not to sanction Turkey for purchasing Russian S-400 missiles which are incompatible with NATO military systems and expose the operational secrets of the latest F-35 U.S. air force jets.

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed three resolutions warning Turkey not to purchase the Russian missiles and has threatened to block the sale of F-35 jets to Turkey. In addition, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security officials have publicly announced that the United States will impose severe sanctions on Turkey for purchasing the Russian missiles. Pres. Trump, an indecisive man and fond of all dictators and particularly Turkey’s despotic President Rejep Tayyip Erdogan, is on the verge of ignoring all his top advisors and the majority of Congress, allowing Turkey to violate the U.S. sanctions law.

On June 29, 2019, when the leaders of G-20 countries met in Osaka, Japan, Pres. Erdogan had a final chance to convince Pres. Trump not to punish Turkey for the purchase of the Russian missiles.

Here are excerpts of the alarming statements Pres. Trump made during his meeting with Pres. Erdogan in the presence of journalists:

Pres. Trump: “… It’s my honor to be with a friend of mine, somebody I’ve become very close to, in many respects, and he’s doing a very good job: the President of Turkey. And we have a meeting largely to do with trade. We’re doing more and more business, and we expect to be able to quadruple that business with Turkey. We think it will be great. They’re great craftsmen. They have great product. And we’re opening it up. We also do military trading, and they buy a lot of our military equipment. And it’s an honor to be with you, Mr. President.”

Then pointing to Pres. Erdogan’s entourage in the room, Pres. Trump said: “And look at these people, how nice they are. Look at them. They’re so easy to deal with. Look at them. Central casting. There’s no Hollywood set where you could produce people that look like them.”

Pres. Erdogan responded: “Mr. President, first, I would like to express that it’s very meaningful for us to come together here at the Osaka Summit. And we are currently going towards fulfilling the goal of a $75 billion trade volume. And there are many steps that we need to take within the defense industry area, but, more importantly, we have a strategic partnership. And the strategic partnership also encourages us to create solidarity across many areas, and I have full belief that our solidarity will continue throughout the strategic partnership.”

After these introductory remarks, Pres. Trump responded to reporters’ questions:

Reporter: “Mr. President, what will you do about the S-400s? Is the U.S. going to have to impose sanctions if he takes possession?”

Pres. Trump: “Well, we’re discussing it. We have a complicated situation because the President was not allowed to buy the Patriot missiles. So when he bought the other ones -- the S-200s or 400s -- when he bought them, he wanted to do this, but he wasn’t allowed by the Obama administration to buy them until after he made a deal to buy other missiles. So he buys the other missile and then, all of a sudden, they say, ‘Well, you can now buy our missile.’ You don’t -- you can’t do business that way. It’s not good. It’s not good.”

Reporter: “Does that mean is there way -- so could you….”

Pres. Trump: “We’re looking at different solutions. It’s a problem, there’s no question about it. We’re looking at different solutions. But he was prohibited from buying until he said he bought something else. And then, as soon as he buys something else, everybody says, ‘Okay. You can buy it.’ You can’t do business that way. Turkey has been a friend of ours and they’ve done -- we’ve done great things together. We’re a big trading partner. We’re going to be much bigger. I think the $75 billion is small. I think it’s going to be well over $100 billion soon. You can’t treat people that way, like the Obama administration did….”

Reporter: “Will the U.S. impose sanctions against Turkey on S-400 purchase?”

Pres. Trump: “We’re looking at it. But it’s a double -- it’s a two-way street. They wouldn’t sell the President -- they wouldn’t let him -- they wouldn’t let him buy the missile that he wanted to buy, which is the Patriot. And then, after he buys from somebody else, he says ‘Now we’ll sell you the Patriot.’ So, I have to tell you, he’s a NATO member, he’s somebody that I have become friendly with. And you have to treat people fairly. You understand that. You have to treat people fairly. And I don’t think he was treated fairly. I don’t think he was treated fairly.”

Reporter: “The ball is in your court though now, Mr. President. Will you? You’re the one who makes the decision. Will impose the sanctions?”

Pres. Trump: “So we’ll see you at the hotel at 3:30….”

Reporter: “Mr. President, are you going to Turkey in July? Will you be going to Turkey in July, Mr. President? When are you going to Turkey?”

Pres. Trump: “I will, at some point, be going to Turkey. I’ve been invited, and I will be -- I will be going to Turkey, yes.”

Reporter: “This year, Mr. President? Will you go to Turkey this year? Will you go in July?”

Pres. Trump: “We haven’t set a date.”

It is shocking that Pres. Trump is siding with the Turkish leader against former Pres. Obama, the U.S. Congress and his own national security officials. Secondly, it is a lie that Pres. Obama had refused to sell Turkey U.S. Patriot missiles. Turkey did not accept the terms of the sale.

Just like in many of his decisions, Pres. Trump seems to be putting his personal interests -- several million dollars of income for having his name on two Trump buildings in Istanbul -- ahead of U.S. national interests. Why would he repeatedly praise Erdogan, a dictator and a major human rights violator?

At the time of writing this article, the Russian missiles were already on their way to Turkey. What will be Pres. Trump’s final decision on sanctions? Will he damage NATO’s and U.S. national interests just to please Erdogan? If he does, I hope no Armenian-American or anyone else will vote for Trump in 2020!

Source Panorama.am
Share |

Related news

Տեքստում սխալ կամ վրիպակ նկատելու դեպքում, ուղարկեք խմբագրին հաղորդագրություն` նշելով տվյալ սխալը, այնուհետև սեղմելով Ctrl-Enter:


Traces of Armenian cultural heritage vanished in Bingyol
The traces iof the Armenian civilization in Bingyol, a city in Eastern Turkey, have gradually vanished during the period following the Armenia...
Armenian Church marks commemoration of Christ’s twelve Apostles and thirteenth Apostle - St. Paul
The Armenian Church marks on July 20 the commemoration of Christ’s twelve Apostles and thirteenth Apostle - St. Paul. Qahana.am reports...
Scotland has highest drug death rate in EU
The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland soared to 1,187 last year, according to official statistics, BBC reported. The figure is 27%...
High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs meets with members of Russian-Armenian Dialogue NGO
High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs of Armenia Zareh Sinanyan who is paying a working trip to Russia, met on Saturday with representatives...
Azerbaijan fires over 900 shots in Artsakh direction last week
The Azerbaijani armed forces violated the ceasefire along the Artsakh-Azerbaijan Line of Contact over 95 times in the past week, the...
Trump says he's trying to bring rapper A$AP Rocky home
Urged on by the first lady and celebrities including Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, President Donald Trump said Friday he is trying to help...
Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Luis Almagro held talks in Washington
Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan who is on a working trip to Washington held on Friday meeting with the Secretary General of the...
Fires hit the area of medieval Ani ruins in Turkey
A strong fire broke in the territory of Ani ruins, medieval Armenian city in the territory of modern Turkey, that rapidly spread by gusts of...
France revises June temperature record up to 46 degrees
An area in southern France in June recorded the country's first ever 46 degree temperature, the French state weather service said on Friday,...
Today marks the 90th anniversary of renowned Armenian painter Minas
Today marks the 90th anniversary of the great of Minas Avetisyan, a renowned Armenian painter of the 20th century. Born in 1928 in...
Zelensky replaces Ukrainian Ambassador in Armenia
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has dismissed 11 ambassadors of Ukraine, including I Armenia. As Ukrinform news agency reports , the...
Michelle Obama beats out Angelina Jolie as most admired woman, poll says
Michelle Obama is now the most admired woman in the world, beating out former title holder Angelina Jolie, USA Today reported. According to...
Robert Hovhannisyan - the winner of Villa de Benasque tournament
Armenian Grandmaster Robert Hovhannisyan has won a major international chess tournament in Spain. As the Chess Federation reports, the Armenian...
Pyunik seal place in Europa League second qualifying round
Europa League first qualifying round second leg match between North Macedonian side FK Shkupi and FC Pyunik took place in Skopje on July 18. As...
The blast in Sisian was from an explosive device – Investigative Committee
The blast in one of the houses in Armenia’s Sisian town came from an explosive device, Armenia’s Investigative Committee reported....
Satik Seyranyan: The clashes in Ijevan revealed how frightened the authorities are
The recent clashes between the law enforcement and citizens in Ijevan revealed how frightened the authorities of Armenia are, Satik Seyranyan,...
Supreme Judicial Council elects new chairman
Armenia’s Supreme Judicial Council, an oversight body tasked with monitoring the judiciary, elected on Friday its next chairman. As the...
One killed in an explosion in Southern Sisian town of Armenia
Armenia’s ministry of emergency situation said ina statement that an explosion rocked in Kamo Street in Armenia’s southern Sisian...
Rostransnadzor to conduct inspection after the incident in Sheremetyevo
Russian federal authority for transport oversight Rostransnadzor will conduct an unscheduled audit of the airline Nordwind after the incident...
Air temperature to reach +42°C in some parts of Armenia
The air temperature will reach +40+42°C in capital Yerevan, Ararat and Armavir provinces on July 21-23 due to hot tropical cyclone...
“Cilicia: The Land of Lions”: The grand premiere will take place in Armenia in the near future
The private premiere screening of a mood reel trilogy “Cilicia: The Land of Lions,” depicting the glorious history of the...
American warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz
A U.S. warship on Thursday destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the ship, President Donald Trump said,...
Constitutional Court turns to Venice Commission, ECHR for opinion over ex-President Kocharyan case
The Constitutional Court of Armenia suspended the proceedings against the former President of the country Robert Kocharyan and turned to Venice...
A Yerevan-bound flight aborts takeoff at Moscow airport over cockpit smoke
A Boeing 737 plane belonging to Russia's Nordwind Airlines cancelled its takeoff from Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport after...
Turkey says Pentagon decision may ‘irreparably damage relations’ with US
Turkey is calling on the US to correct its mistake of removing the country from the F-35 fighter jet program, "which will irreparably...
“See you soon, Armenia!” - Nuno Gomes farewell message from Yerevan airport
Former Portugal player Nuno Gomes who was visiting Armenia for the U19 Euro championship, posted a farewell message on Instagram, summing up his...
15 migrants die in vehicle crash in Van
At least 15 people died and more than 20 were injured on Thursday when a vehicle carrying irregular migrants crashed in eastern Turkey, a local...
NSS chief arrives in Ijevan following clashes between law enforcement and residents
The Chief of Armenia’s National Security Service Artur Vanetsyan has arrived in Ijevan following the clashes on Wednesday evening between...
Suspect in Dink murder trial sentenced to 99 years in prison
Erhan Tuncel, one of the main suspects standing trial for allegedly playing a role in the 2007 murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink,...
13 citizens arrested over clashes with law enforcement in Ijevan
Armenia’s Investigative Committee has launched criminal investigation over the clashes between citizens and law enforcement in...

Follow us and get updates!

Most popular articles

{"core.blocks.header.spell_message1":"Selected mistake: ","core.blocks.header.spell_message2":"Send a message about the mistake?"}