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Trump: 'Good Will on Both Sides,' Despite Turkish Airstrike

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Donald Trump reach in for a handshake
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Donald Trump (AP)

By    |   Friday, 18 October 2019 12:57 PM

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday a Turkish airstrike begun hours after hailing a ceasefire negotiated by Vice President Mike Pence was actually "minor sniper and mortar fire that was quickly eliminated" and pledged that there was "good will on both sides."

"Just spoke to President @RTErdogan of Turkey," Trump said in the first of three tweets. "He told me there was minor sniper and mortar fire that was quickly eliminated.

"He very much wants the ceasefire, or pause, to work," the president continued. "Likewise, the Kurds want it, and the ultimate solution, to happen.

"Too bad there wasn't this thinking years ago," he said in the second post. "Instead, it was always held together with very weak Band-Aids and in an artificial manner.

"There is good will on both sides and a really good chance for success," the president added. "The U.S. has secured the oil and the ISIS Fighters are double-secured by the Kurds and Turkey."

In his third tweet, Trump said: "I have just been notified that some European nations are now willing, for the first time, to take the ISIS fighters that came from their nations.

"This is good news, but should have been done after WE captured them," he added.

"Anyway, big progress being made!!!!"

Minutes later, after citing such "progress," Trump then slammed the House Democratic impeachment probe in another tweet.

"Can you believe I am doing this important work for our country, and have to deal with corrupt Adam Schiff and the do-nothing Democrats at the same time?" he posed. "It was not intended to be this way for a president!"

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President Donald Trump tweeted Friday a Turkish airstrike begun hours after hailing a ceasefire negotiated by Vice President Mike Pence was actually "minor sniper and mortar fire that was quickly eliminated" and pledged that there was "good will on both sides."
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