UPDATED 1:54 PM PT — Sunday, November 10, 2019
The president’s National Security Adviser is saying Turkey’s purchase of Russian missiles will be addressed when President Tayyip Erdogan visits the White House this week.
During a Sunday interview, Robert O’Brien said the Trump administration was “very upset” after Turkey bought a Russian made missile defense system. He then proceeded to slam the notion a NATO ally would purchase weapons from Moscow, adding the Russian system is not compatible with NATO.
“If Turkey doesn’t get rid of the S-400s, there will likely be sanctions,” stated O’Brien. “There’s no place in NATO for the S-400 (or) significant Russian military purchases – that’s a message the president will deliver to him very clearly when he’s here in Washington.”
Erdogan’s visit to Washington comes as tensions escalate over Turkey’s alleged war crimes against Syrian Kurds following the U.S. troop removal from Northern Syria.
O’Brien also announced that the U.S. will continue to stand up to China in the South China Sea despite a possible trade deal. The adviser said Beijing must not be allowed to take over the entire South China Sea simply because its bigger than its neighbors. He said the U.S. Navy will continue its operations to ensure freedom of navigation in the disputed region.
O’Brien went on to say America’s allies in Southeast Asia should maintain access to oil, gas and fisheries in the South China Sea.
“Just because one country’s big and other countries are small in the region, the bigger countries shouldn’t bully the smaller countries and take their resources — whether they’re fishery resources or oil and gas resources,” he said.
O’Brien also criticized the Obama administration for not sending lethal military aid to Ukraine, adding that it was President Trump who boosted America’s support for that country.