2. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
"We have no soldiers in the area. We've been talking to Turkey for three years, they've been wanting to do this for many years, as you know. They've been fighting each other for centuries. They've been fighting each other for hundreds of years, this has been going on. We were put into this battle interjected it was supposed to be a 30, a 30 day period and we've been there for many many years and it's time to get out. We're speaking to both sides. We've told (Turkish) President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan how we feel, but we are speaking to both sides and we're seeing what can be made out of a situation. But we have no soldiers in the area here. We're getting out of the endless wars. Have to do it and eventually somebody was going to have to make the decision. And frankly we're getting a lot of praise from that decision. People are saying got to sometime bring our people back home. We're really serving and we were serving as a police force. We had defeated ISIS. We defeated the Caliphate 100%."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
"(Reporter: In a statement this morning you cautioned Erdogan, since then it appears as though there have been casualties on the Kurdish side. Are you concerned about escalation and are you concerned that Erdogan will try to wipe out the Kurds?)
I will wipe out his economy if that happens. I've already done it once with Pastor Brunson. I'm sure that he, I hope that he will act rationally. You do have to understand they've been fighting each other for many, many decades actually for centuries. They've been fighting each other. "
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
"(Reporter: Lindsey Graham is talking about imposing economic sanctions on Turkey over this incursion into Syria. What do you think about?)
Well, I think it's OK. I've already told that to President Erdogan, far more than sanctions I want to I'll do far more than sanctions. Lindsey and I'd feel differently. I think Lindsey would like to stay there for the next 200 years and maybe add a couple hundred thousand people every place. But I disagree with Lindsey on that. But I will tell you that I do agree on sanctions. But I actually think much tougher than sanctions if he doesn't do it in as humane way as possible. But I've gotten him to stop for virtually from the first day that I was in office. But they've wanted to fight and that's the way it is and they've done it for so long. Yes go ahead please.
(Reporter: Sir, what does a humane way as possible mean?)
Well, we're going to have to see. We're going to have to define that as we go along. They want to, if you listen to Erdogan he wants to have people go back to where they came from. Go back to Syria. Right now he's holding, in all fairness to him, he's holding millions of people that would be all over the place if he wasn't holding them. So he wants to repatriate. He wants to have them go back into the area that he's looking at, but we'll see we'll see how he does it. He could do it in a soft manner. He could do it in a very tough manner. And if he does it unfairly, he's going to pay a very big economic price."
U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Kurd-held areas in Syria has led to a rare, near immediate result: Turkey launched a military operation on Wednesday against America's Kurdish partners in the fight against the Islamic State.
U.S. officials say it wasn't supposed to end that way.
In remarks in the Roosevelt Room Wednesday afternoon, Trump defended his decision, saying he "campaigned on ending the endless wars."
In response to a reporter's question about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan trying to wipe out the Kurds, Trump threatened to retaliate by wiping out Turkey's economy.
"I actually think much tougher than sanctions if he (Erdogan) doesn't do it in as humane way as possible."
"If he does it unfairly, he's going to pay a very big economic price."