"Mike (Pence) is getting ready to make a big trip".
"This is not the action we expected from an ally, it is reckless, counterproductive, it plays straight into the hands of Russian Federation and the Assad regime", he told lawmakers. Those turned out to be incorrect, according to a transcript released by Turkey's presidential communications office.
There are no more American troops in northern Syria and the conflict there is between Ankara and Damascus now, US President Donald Trump said, adding that Washington's Kurdish allies are "no angels" and know how to fight.
He answered reporters' questions as he met at the White House with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
The Associated Press framed Tuesday's developments as an example of quick moves by USA rival Russian Federation to entrench its de facto power broker role after President Trump ordered the pullout of American forces in northeast Syria.
The bank said that United States charges against it are part of sanctions Washington slapped on Ankara over its military incursion in Syria and represent an "unprecedented legal overreach".
"They question why the United States, our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, would refrain from supporting our counter-terrorism efforts", he said. "That's why we never spoke in favor or supported the idea of Turkish units (being deployed there) let alone the armed Syrian opposition". The American move effectively abandoned the Kurdish fighters who were allied with the U.S. and cleared the way for Turkey's invasion aimed at crushing them. So, Turkey has it within its power to relieve the sanctions that would take effect under this bill. "Our goal is clear", he said of the United States and other Western nations, in remarks carried by the state-owned Anadolu news agency.
"God willing, we will quickly secure the region stretching from Manbij to our border with Iraq", Erdogan said. It also calls on Trump to produce "a clear and specific plan for the enduring defeat" of the Islamic State.
Washington wants to maintain support for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in their fight against ISIS militants despite USA troops withdrawing from northern Syria, a Pentagon official said Tuesday.
Erdogan added that an assault from Manbij on Tuesday, which was launched by the Syrian government and which claimed one Turkish soldiers' life will "make the regime pay a heavy price" in retaliation. It's their lands after all. Don't listen to them, you are a strong leader.
He vowed to press ahead with the incursion until Turkish troops reach a depth of 30 to 35 kilometers (18-20 miles) inside Syria along a border area where Turkey intends to form a "safe zone".
"The Executive Order signed by Trump on Tuesday authorizes the Department of Treasury and the Department of State "... to impose sanctions on individuals, entities, or associates of the Government of Turkey involved in actions that endanger civilians or lead to the further deterioration of peace, security, and stability in northeast Syria".