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But they pushed back on the idea that Trump's decision caused the mess they're trying to fix: “This was not caused by any action of President Trump...Nothing we did was going to deter the Turks from what they wanted to do. President Erdoğan was going to act regardless."

NEW: Senior admin officials on whether Pres Trump is now trying to fix a problem in Syria he created: “This was not caused by any action of President Trump...Nothing we did was going to deter the Turks from what they wanted to do. President Erdoğan was going to act regardless."

"We want an immediate cease fire." VP Pence says Pres. Trump "made it very clear" to Turkish Pres. Erdogan that the U.S. "is going to continue to take actions against Turkey's economy until they bring the violence to an end."

VP Pence says that, in a phone call earlier Monday, President Trump urged Erdogan'>Turkish President Erdogan to end the invasion and agree to an immediate ceasefire. VP Pence said the president also spoke to leaders in the region, including Kurdish Gen. Mazloum.

WH sources last wk: Erdogan visit Nov. 13. Pence today: “No decision made about a scheduled visit next month." Trump “could not have been more firm with President Erdogan today. The United States of America is simply not going to tolerate Turkey's invasion of Syria any further”

"We want an immediate cease fire." VP Pence says Pres. Trump "made it very clear" to Turkish Pres. Erdogan that the U.S. "is going to continue to take actions against Turkey's economy until they bring the violence to an end."

@VP  says @POTUS  made it very clear to Erdogan the US will step up sanctions against Turkey's economy the violence ends. VP demands that Turkey "embraces an immediate cease fire, stops the violence, and agrees to negotiate a long-term settlement."

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Erdogan not listed, but energy minister Fatih Donmez, Defense minister, Hulusi Akar, Interior minster Suleyman Soylu all designated tonight: After Syria incursion, White House mulls sanctions on Erdogan via @AlMonitor 

#UPDATE : The U.S. on Monday called on Turkey to stop the invasion, and President Donald Trump is sending Vice President Mike Pence to the region in an attempt to begin negotiations. Pence said Trump spoke directly to Turkish leader Erdogan'>Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey’s Erdogan presses offensive in Syria boosted by a nationalist surge at home

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President @realDonaldTrump ’s betrayal of the Kurds has given 3 dictators—Putin, Assad, and Erdogan—a free hand to expand their dark shadow over Syria. It’s bad for America and for our partners the Kurds. Why is he kowtowing to dictators?

President Trump's capitulation to Erdogan over Syria is an unmitigated disaster and may lead to a resurgence of ISIS. Trump's impulsive decision to withdraw our forces and betray our Kurdish allies has done incalculable damage to our national security and standing in the world.

Only four days into Turkish attack and one week after Erdogan'>POTUS-Erdogan call: * UN: 130k displaced (likely to 3x) * ISIS terrorists escaping (caught after years of painstaking effort) * Syrians executed on roadways by Turkish-backed opposition forces * Main US supply lines cut..

Troops on the ground in Syria and their commanders were "surprised" by the decision Sunday night. Of the President's decision: "He doesn't understand the problem. He doesn't understand the repercussions of this. Erdogan is an Islamist, not a level headed actor."

So did Trump just betray the Kurds because (a) He has business interests in Turkey (b) Erdogan, being a brutal autocrat, is his kind of guy (c) His boss Vladimir Putin told him to Remarkable that all three stories are perfectly plausible.

CNN Exclusive: Turkey says Trump knew ‘precisely’ about scope of N. Syria operation. “President Trump and President Erdogan have reached an understanding over precisely what this operation is,” Gulnur Aybet, Senior Adviser to the President of Turkey told @camanpour 

At request of this administration the Kurds served as the primary ground fighters against ISIS in Syria so U.S. troops wouldn’t have to. Then cut deal with Erdogan allowing him to wipe them out. Damage to our reputation & national interest will be extraordinary & long lasting.

European nations are some of our closest allies. Our security is intertwined. If Trump's impulsive capitulation to Erdogan leads to a resurgence of ISIS, it threatens everyone- in Syria, in Europe, and here at home. America may not have a friend left after this presidency.

Where are the borders of the State of #Israel ? – #Turkey ’s #Erdogan  to #UNGA 

Spoke w/ President Erdogan of Turkey to advise where we stand on all matters including our last two weeks of success in fighting the remnants of ISIS, and 20 mile safe zone. Also spoke about economic development between the U.S. & Turkey - great potential to substantially expand!

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