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Turkey launches military offensive in Syria: Live updates

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President Trump responded to discussions of bipartisan legislation on sanctions against Turkey, sponsored in part by his ally Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Trump said he agreed that sanctions are needed, but only if Turkey doesn’t act in a “humane” way. 

“Lindsey and I feel differently,” the President said of Graham. “I think Lindsey would like to stay there for the next 200 years and maybe add a couple a hundred thousand people every place. But I disagree with Lindsey on that. But I will tell you that, I do agree on sanctions.” 

Trump said he would be “much tougher than sanctions,” if Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “doesn’t do it in as humane a way as possible.”

Trump didn’t explain what he would consider “humane" and added that he’s gotten Erdogan “to stop” moving into Syria “from virtually the first day” the President was in office.

“They wanted to fight, and that’s the way it is,” Trump said, “And they’ve done it for so long.”

Some context: Earlier today, Graham called the situation "a disaster in the making" in a series of tweets and urged Trump "to change course while there is still time."

The South Carolina Republican and Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland plan to introduce bipartisan legislation to sanction Turkey's economy and military for the Syria operation.

Graham is predicting the legislation will have a veto-proof majority in the Senate, making it impossible for Trump to stop. He has been publicly scathing in his criticism of the President for the Turkey decision.