Pence, Pompeo arrive in Turkey to push Syria cease-fire; Trump says ‘it’s not our problem’
US Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Turkey in Thursday in order to try and get Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to halt his military campaign in northeastern Syria.
The Turkish invasion started over a week ago after US President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of US troops from the area. Earlier this week, Russia deployed troops to northeastern Syria in order to prevent a military confrontation between Syria and Turkey. In response to calls for a ceasefire by Washington, Erdogan on Tuesday said that he will “never declare a ceasefire.”
Trump on Wednesday seemed to undermine the last ditch effort by Pence and Pomeo by saying that “it’s not our border.” Later that day a bipartisan resolution adopted by the House condemned Trump’s decision to pull US forces out of Syria. Experts have been warning that the US withdrawal is likely to play into the hands of major US adversaries including Assad, Russia, Iran and the Islamic State.