Trump: Treasury 'ready to go' on sanctions against Turkey: 'Stay tuned'

Trump: Treasury 'ready to go' on sanctions against Turkey: 'Stay tuned'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE tweeted Sunday that the Treasury Department is "ready to go" with sanctions against Turkey over its military operation in northern Syria, which has sparked bipartisan criticism.

"Dealing with @LindseyGrahamSC and many members of Congress, including Democrats, about imposing powerful Sanctions on Turkey," he tweeted.

"Treasury is ready to go, additional legislation may be sought," he tweeted. "There is great consensus on this. Turkey has asked that it not be done. Stay tuned!"

The president has threatened economic sanctions against Turkey if it treated Syrian Kurds, which allied with the U.S. in the fight against ISIS, inhumanely.


Several GOP lawmakers, including Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamUS defense chief says Taliban deal 'looks very promising' but not without risk Lawmakers wary as US on cusp of initial deal with Taliban Graham requests interviews with DOJ, FBI officials as part of probe into Russia investigation MORE (R-S.C.), have condemned the president for announcing the removal of U.S. troops from northern Syria ahead of the Turkish military operation.

Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenSenate Dems blast Barr for 'clear violation' of duty in Stone case, urge him to resign Senate Democrats introduce legislation to change impeachment trial rules Warren asks for probe of whether Trump violated law by delaying Puerto Rico funds MORE (D-Md.), who is co-sponsoring Turkish sanctions legislation with Graham, on Sunday blasted the Trump administration's delay in imposing sanctions

“For God’s sake, what are they waiting for? People are being killed right now,” he said on "Fox News Sunday."

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinGOP senators offering bill to cement business provision in Trump tax law On The Money: Deficit spikes 25 percent through January | Mnuchin declines to say why Trump pulled Treasury nominee who oversaw Roger Stone case | Lawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts Mnuchin defends Treasury regulations on GOP tax law MORE, however, defended the delay in imposing sanctions on Turkey, saying the Trump administration is ready to move forward “at a moment’s notice.”