Following several US warnings and Protest against Turkey’s military offensive in northeast Syria, President Donald Trump has finally declared sanctions on Turkish officials, raising of steel tariffs and ending negotiations on a USD 100 billion trade deal.
President Trump put the actions in motion when he signed an executive order that authorized his administration to slap sanctions on Turkey.
Already the treasury department has placed some of the Turkish officials on its sanctions list, this include, the Defence Minister Hulusi Akar, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and Energy Minister Fatih Donmez.
Also in a letter by Trump, written to the US Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, he informed the house that the Turkey issue has been declared a national emergency.
It could be recalled that just last Wednesday, Turkey forces launched what many have described as a cross-border assault on Kurdish fighters, following the decision of the US to withdraw its troops from Syrian territories, a move which the Republicans regarded as a “betrayal” of the Kurds and therefore vehemently rejected and criticized it.
Trump in a statement said, “This (executive) order will enable the US to impose powerful additional sanctions on those who may be involved in serious human rights abuses, obstructing a ceasefire, preventing displaced persons from returning home, forcibly repatriating refugees or threatening the peace, security or stability in Syria”.
According to him, the Turkey’s military offensive is seriously putting the civilians in great danger, as well as threatening the peace, security and stability of the region.
Explaining further, President Trump said, “I’m fully prepared to swiftly destroy Turkey’s economy if Turkish leaders continue down this dangerous and destructive path”.