US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not rule out further American military action in the Middle East if necessary, in order to defend its interests, when he spoke to reporters on Monday evening.
Speaking with the CNBC network, Pompeo commented on the developments in Turkey’s recent military action in the north of Syria against the Kurds, who were the West’s allies in battling ISIS.
Pompeo said that the Trump administration had attempted to convince Turkey to stop its military action by mediating for a five-day ceasefire.
”We prefer peace to war,” Pompeo stated; adding, however, that in the event ”military action is needed, you should know that President Trump is fully prepared to undertake that action.”
When asked about American nuclear warheads which are currently stored in Turkey and how much he personally trusts President Erdogan, the American Secretary of State tried to avoid giving a direct answer.
”I never talk about trust,” Pompeo declared, noting that being a NATO ally with a country does not mean that they must agree on everything.
Later on Tuesday, at 22:00 Summer Eastern European Time, the Syrian ceasefire will end, and Turkey has already threatened to launch a shift in its military operations, including a forceful new attack against the Kurds.