House Passes Bill Banning Noncitizen Voting in D.C. Elections
Here's Why the Chinese Military Surrounded Taiwan on Thursday
Portland Voters Oust Woke, Soros-Backed DA
Are Some Nonprofits Threatening National Security?
Speaker Mike Johnson Turns Against Democrats
Harvard Pro-Hamas Students Meet Their Consequences
University Officials Refuse to Say If Pro-Hamas Students Should Be Expelled for Harassing...
Schumer's Border Bill Redo Attempt Goes Up in Flames
The DOJ and 30 Attorneys General Have Filed a Lawsuit Against Ticketmaster
Jim Banks Tears Into Northwestern Over Pro-Hamas Faculty
Poll: Would Kamala Harris Be Stronger Than Biden Against Trump?
New Privacy Legislation Risks US National Security. Republicans Should Steer Clear.
Is New Hampshire Another State in Play?
'International Organization With No Real Legitimacy': Support for Chip Roy's Bill Sanction...
A Clinic Provided a Washington School District With a ‘Transgender Survey’ for Students

Reporter Asks Pentagon: Was Turkey Announcement Made to Cause 'Maximum Embarrassment' During Nuclear Summit?

On Tuesday, the Pentagon announced it was ordering U.S. military families out of Turkey, citing increased security threats in the region.

During a press briefing at the State Department Tuesday afternoon, reporters wondered why the agency decided to make this announcement now.


“The decision wasn’t taken lightly,” Kirby said. “It was the result of an ongoing assessment of security conditions.”

The decision was “several weeks in the making,” he continued.

One reporter noted the decision seemed timed to cause "maximum embarrassment" to Turkey, considering it came “smack dab” in the middle of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington, D.C. this week for the president’s Nuclear Security Summit.

Kirby said there was absolutely "no connection" between the Turkish leader’s presence and the Pentagon’s decision.

“It was completely considered independent of the nuclear security summit,” Kirby insisted. “This was done based on the security threat.”

A few members of the press then question Kirby about the Easter Sunday bombing in Pakistan that killed 72 people. Did the administration know that the Taliban was in the southern part of Pakistan?


“The Taliban pose a real danger to the people of Pakistan,” Kirby noted. “The Punjab area has been one worth watching.”

As for how the White House expects to respond to the carnage, Kirby referenced the White House's earlier statement condemning the attacks.

“We have been clear and open about our views on this,” Kirby said.

Except, the administration has not been as open as Kirby suggests. Katie noticed that in the State Department's initial statement, it failed to note how Christians were the target of Easter Sunday’s bloody bombing in Pakistan.

Why the hesitation?

Unfortunately, Kirby was not confronted about it.

Join the conversation as a VIP Member


Trending on Townhall Videos