Representative Rand Paul, R-Ky., said that President Trump’s Wednesday declaration of a “permanent ceasefire” among Turkey and the Kurdish-drove Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is an “extraordinary breakthrough.”
Talking at the White House, the president said that the conditions had been met by the two sides and that the U.S. is lifting sanctions on Ankara that were executed after the attack of northern Syria.
“I do believe it will be permanent,”they said.”This was an outcome created by us, the United States, and nobody else…we’ve done something very, very special.”
Trump included that if Turkey breaks the truce, the approvals could be reimposed.
Showing up on “America’s Newsroom” with host Bill Hemmer, Paul said it was “astonishing” that “we actually have a realignment in Turkey, in Syria, that may actually lead to peace for the first time in eight years.”
They additionally pounded against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s goals – presented on Tuesday – contrary to the president’s withdrawal from Syria.
“This is exactly why we must defeat the McConnell resolution,” Paul told Hemmer. “The McConnell resolution says that we would disallow President Trump from meeting with [Turkish leader Tayyip Recep] Erdoğan. I think we need to see the world as it is. And, I think it’s important that the president meets with Erdoğan.”
“His conversations, so far, I think are leading towards peace,” they noted, admitting that trust “has to be verified.”
Paul said that he trusts it’s significant that the United States doesn’t “slap endorses on Turkey that never leave” and that he thinks the Kurds “have had many, many, lives spared here by the president’s activity.”
“I think there’s also the possibility for the Kurds to negotiate a semi-autonomous region where they would share in oil receipts with the Assad government,” he stated. “But, it means that [Syrian President Bashar] Assad has to be part of the equation.”
“This is a war that was started with President Obama getting involved in a senseless way in the Middle East again,” Paul concluded. “But now, it looks like we may actually see a realignment and a possible peace plan that will come about because of President Trump’s decisive action.”
Arturo Garcia is a Peruvian-Filipino financial journalist. He is a self-confessed football fan. He started out as a political writer for a local daily in Peru, but now focuses on tech and business. Arturo studied Economics at Unibersidad de Lima and currently lives at an apartment in Salinas Valley, Northern California, exactly 725 meters from John Steinbeck’s hometown. Arturo covering politics articles for New Business Herald organization.