Sarah Sanders: Trump doesn’t want the US in another endless war


DEATH PENALTY IN THAT CASE.>>President Trump: I’VE ALREADY TOLD THAT TO PRESIDENT ERDOGAN. FAR MORE THAN SANCTIONS. LINDSEY AND I FEEL DIFFERENTLY. LINDSEY WOULD LIKE TO STAY THERE FOR THE NEXT 200 YEARS AND MAYBE ADD A COUPLE 100,000 PEOPLE EVERY PLACE. I DISAGREE WITH LINDSEY ON THAT.>>Sandra: PRESIDENT TRUMP RESPONDING TO CRITICISM FROM SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM AND OTHER REPUBLICANS FOR PULLING U.S. FORCES FROM SYRIA AHEAD OF TURKEY’S MILITARY INVASION. LET’S BRING IN SARAH SANDERS, FORMER WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY AND FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR. WELCOME BACK TO “AMERICA’S NEWSROOM.” NICE TO SEE YOU THIS MORNING.>>GOOD MORNING, SANDRA. THANKS FOR HAVING ME ON.>>Sandra: YOU HAVE SEEN THE CONTINUED CRITICISM THE PRESIDENT FACED FROM HIS OWN PARTY IN THE WAKE OF THAT DECISION. HOW IS THE PRESIDENT HANDLING THIS?>>LOOK, THIS IS AN INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT SITUATION. CERTAINLY ONE THAT I DON’T THINK WE WANT ANY AMERICAN PRESIDENT TO HAVE TO BE IN. I’VE SAT IN THE ROOM WHEN THE PRESIDENT HAS HAD TO SIGN LETTERS TO FAMILIES, MAKE CONTACT WITH FAMILIES AFTER THEY’VE LOST A CHILD IN COMBAT. HE SAID IT EARLIER AND I’VE HEARD HIM SAY IT BEFORE THERE IS NOTHING MORE DIFFICULT IN ANY PART OF HIS JOB THAN THAT ROLE THAT HE HAS TO PLAY AS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF AND I THINK THAT THE PRESIDENT IS DOING THE RIGHT THING BY LOOKING AT HOW WE PROTECT THE AMERICAN MILITARY. THIS IS AGAIN NOT AN EASY SITUATION. YOU HAVE TURKEY WHO IS A NATO ALLY. YOU HAVE THE KURDS WHO HAVE BEEN AN ALLY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS. UNFORTUNATELY THOSE TWO ALLIES HATE EACH OTHER. THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO BE CAREFUL THAT WE DON’T GET STUCK IN THE MIDDLE OF ANOTHER ENDLESS WAR. IT IS A SAD TRAGEDY OF THE MIDDLE EAST. A NEVER-ENDING TALE OF THE CONFLICT THAT EXISTS THERE. WE’VE BEEN WORKING HARD TO TRY TO REDUCE IT. THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO BE CAREFUL THAT WE DON’T CONTINUE TO PUT AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN HARM’S WAY FOR AN ENDLESS WAR AND EXTREMELY CLEAR IF TURKEY RELEASES ISIS TERRORISTS THERE WILL BE SEVERE CONSEQUENCES. I CAN ASSURE YOU THE PRESIDENT WILL DEFINITELY FOLLOW THROUGH ON THAT SEVERE CONSEQUENCES FOR TURKEY. I DON’T THINK IT’S SOMETHING THEY WANT TO SEE HAPPEN. ONE OF THE GREATSEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS THIS PRESIDENT HAS HAD HAS BEEN IN HIS DEFEAT AND THE WORK THEY’VE DONE TO DEFEAT THE ISIS CALIPHATE. A MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR THIS PRESIDENT.>>Sandra: BUT FOR THAT VERY REASON HE IS BEING CRITICIZED FOR WHAT THIS MEANS IN EFFECT BOLSTERING EYEIS. YOU HAVE HEARD FROM VARIOUS REPUBLICAN SENATORS AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SAID IT INCREASES THE CHANCES OF AN ISIS COMEBACK AND ENDANGERS THE KURDS. WHAT IS THE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGING HERE? AND WHAT DOES HE NEED TO DO NOW CONSIDERING THAT SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM AND OTHERS INTRODUCED SANCTIONS AS SOON AS CONGRESS RETURNS? THEY’LL TARGET THE ENERGY SECTOR, THE MILITARY, PRESIDENT SAID HE SUPPORTS THOSE. BUT WHAT CAN THE PRESIDENT DO NOW AS HE CONTINUES TO FACE THIS CRITICISM?>>WELL, I THINK HE HAS TO CONTINUE TO DO WHAT HE HAS DONE SINCE DAY ONE OF TAKING OFFICE, BE TOUGH ON ISIS, BE TOUGH ON WHO OUR REAL ENEMIES ARE AND NOT GET LOST WHO THAT IS. TURKEY AND THE KURDS ARE BOTH ALLIES OF THE UNITED STATES. ISIS IS THE ENEMY HERE. WE SHOULD COLLECTIVELY COME TOGETHER AND FOCUS ON ISIS. THAT’S WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS TRIED TO DO AND YOU’LL CONTINUE TO SEE HIM DO THAT AND WHY HE SUPPORTS THE SANCTIONS AND WHY HE WANTS TO MAKE SURE WE CONTINUE TO PUT PRESSURE AND NOT ALLOW ISIS TERRORISTS TO BE RELEASED AND HE SAID THAT HE WOULD GO MUCH FURTHER THAN SANCTIONS AND PUT EVEN MORE SEVERE CONSEQUENCES IF THAT HAPPENS. I THINK AGAIN THE PRESIDENT HAS A VERY, VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION. THERE IS NO GOOD ANSWER HERE. THAT’S THE PROBLEM THAT WE FACE EVERY SINGLE DAY IN THE MIDDLE EAST. I THINK THAT THE PRESIDENT IS LOOKING AT THIS THROUGH THE LENS OF THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF AND THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR HAVING TO CALL MOTHERS AND FATHERS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR CHILDREN IN THIS TERRIBLE FIGHT. THE PRESIDENT DOESN’T WANT TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT FOR AN ENDLESS WAR AND CONTINUE TO MAKE CALL AFTER CALL AND SEND LETTER AFTER LETTER BECAUSE WE HAVE TWO ALLIES THAT CAN’T COME TOGETHER AND DECIDE TO FIGHT THE REAL ENEMY, ISIS.>>Sandra: WE’LL CONTINUE TO WATCH REACTION TO ALL OF THAT. MEANWHILE YOU HAVE THE HOUSE FREEDOM CAUCUS DEMANDING ADAM SCHIFF, CALLING FOR HIS IMMEDIATE RECUSAL FROM THE IMPEACHMENT PROBE, SARAH. YOU HAVE THE PRESIDENT FACING THE SITUATION OBVIOUSLY WITH TURKEY AND SYRIA. YOU HAVE THE IMPEACHMENT THAT HE CONTINUES TO FACE. THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE. THE PRESIDENT HAS A LOT ON HIS PLATE. MEANWHILE THE LATEST FOX NEWS POLLING SHOWING THIS AS FAR AS WHERE RESPONDENTS STAND ON THE PRESIDENT BEING IMPEACHED AND REMOVED FROM OFFICE. IT SHOWS 51% SAY THAT SHOULD HAPPEN. I WANT TO GET YOUR RESPONSE TO THAT BEFORE I LET YOU GO.>>IF ANYBODY CAN HANDLE A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS ON THEIR PLATE IT IS CERTAINLY DONALD TRUMP. HE HAS PROVEN THAT TIME AND TIME AGAIN WHETHER IT’S FOCUSING ON TRADE, THE DEFEAT OF ISIS, REBUILDING OUR MILITARY. HE IS VERY CAPABLE OF DOING A NUMBER OF THINGS AT ONE TIME. I THINK THAT IMPEACHMENT IS VERY BAD FOR OUR COUNTRY. BUT FRANKLY, IT HAS NOT BEEN BAD SO FAR FOR REPUBLICAN FUNDRAISING OR CANDIDATE RECRUITMENT. I THINK THOSE TWO THINGS MEAN INFINITELY MORE THAN A POLL A YEAR OUT. I THINK THE REPUBLICANS ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT TO GO AFTER ADAM SCHIFF. HE HAS SHOWN THAT HE IS CLEARLY POLITICALLY MOTIVATED AND POLITICALLY DRIVEN IN THIS ENTIRE PROCESS. HE IS WEAPONIZING IMPEACHMENT AND IT IS DISGRACEFUL WHAT DEMOCRATS ARE DOING TO THIS PRESIDENT. I’M THANKFUL WE HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT WON’T SIT BACK AND TAKE THE HITS LYING DOWN. HE WILL FIGHT BACK AND I THINK YOU’VE SEEN THAT SO FAR FROM THE RESPONSE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. I THINK THEY’RE EXACTLY RIGHT. THE PRESIDENT I THINK AT THE END OF THE DAY WILL BE FULLY VINDICATED ON THE FAKE UKRAINE

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