From: "Subramanian, Courtney"
Date: October 17, 2019 at 3:13:31 PM CDT
Subject: Travel pool #5 - POTUS quotes on Turkey ceasefire
Some fuller quotes from POTUS’ comments earlier…
"I want to thank as a group I want to thank the Kurds. Because they were incredibly happy with this solution. This is a soluiont that, well it saved their lives frankly. It saved their lives.
"If we didn't go this unconventional tough love approach you could have never gotten it done. They've been trying to do it for many many years.”
"I didn't know it was going to work out this quickly I didn’t know it would work out this well. It's a great day for the United States. It's a great day for Turkey. It's a great day for our partners who have really worked. I mean a lot of people questioned some of them. I'm not questioning anybody...the Kurds were great."
“I didn't need Congress for sanctions because I can do sanctions that are tougher than Congress. And I was prepared to do that.”
“I just want to thank and congratulate, though, President Erdogan. He's a friend of mine and I'm glad we didn't have a problem because frankly, he's a hell of a leader. And he's a tough man. He's a strong man. And he did the right thing and I really appreciate it and I will appreciate it in the future.”
“Turkey has a great military power. Turkey is a friend of ours, a neighbor of ours and they're a member of NATO. And what Turkey is getting now is they're not going to have to kill millions of poeple and millions of people are not going to have to kill them. This was going to be a war of lots of other groups going in this wasn't going to stop with Turkey against the Kurds.”
“We might not have been involved, I don't want to be involved in that kind of war.”
“This was a great thing for everybody. Turkey is -I really what they've done. They did the right thing and I have great respect for the president.”
On if he should have kept some sanctions in place...
"No, no, if you would've let this go you would have lost millions of lives. Don't forget your friend President Obama lost more than half a million lives in a very short period in the same region. We've lost very little. But without that gunfire going back and forth, without those rockets going in both directions, without other countries moving in - potentially moving and creating virtually a world war, without all of that happening, you would have never been able to make this deal. we've tried - we have tried, but everybody's tried to make this deal for - 15 years.”
“Everybody agreed to things that three days ago they would have never have agreed to - that includes the Kurds. The Kurds are now much more inclined to do what has to be done. Turkey wouldn't have done this three days ago.”
“This is a situation where everybody is happy. And I'm happy because there's no fighting. We can bring certainly most of our people back home for the first time in many years."
"It had to be an unconventional solution because the conventional solution is to sit down, negotiate and they've done that for 15 years, actually. More than that, I understand. And that was never going to work."
On ceasefire lasting...
"I think it's going to last. I think President Erdogan is very smart and wants it to last. He wants safety for his people."
White House correspondent