Trump seems unconcerned when asked about Turkey bombing US Special Forces (VIDEO)
President Donald Trump spoke with reporters again on the White House lawn on Friday, shortly before departing for yet another rally in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Trump was asked about Turkey bombing U.S. special forces earlier in the day, which occurred in a Kurdish-controlled territory in the northern Syrian city of Kobani. While the attack was labeled a mistake, it nonetheless happened.
Luckily no one was hurt.
A senior Pentagon official said shelling by the Turkish forces was so intense that U.S. personnel considered firing back in self-defense. That would have certainly escalated into a much bigger conflict.
The Pentagon is saying that Turkey should have known that U.S. forces were "down to the grid." An estimated 14 to 100 troops were in the area when it happened, putting many lives at risk.
Trump's response, though, left much to be desired.
"We'll take a look at it," he said while appearing amused judging by his facial expressions, on whether he will put sanctions on the Turks.
Turkey issued the following response after Newsweek broke the report, denying it:
"In self-defense, reciprocal fire was opened on the terrorist positions of the attack. Turkey did not open fire at the U.S. observation post in any way. All precautions were taken prior to opening fire in order to prevent any harm to the U.S. base. As a precaution, we ceased fire upon receiving information from the U.S. We firmly reject the claim that U.S. or Coalition forces were fired upon."
Despite this, CNN is also learning that Turkish artillery hit close to a US special operations unit. The reporting appears to be very credible. And, yet, Turkey is trying to hide that evidence.
"We are aware of the explosion. We know right now that no US service members have been injured," the second US official told CNN, adding that "we don't know for sure from whom it came, and we don't have verification from where right now."
It will be interesting to see what President Trump does about this. Right now, he's not saying much.