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Politics Trump defends Syria move: The Kurds 'didn't help us' in Normandy

01:10  10 october  2019
01:10  10 october  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Trump: Let 'Napoleon Bonaparte' rescue Kurds

  Trump: Let 'Napoleon Bonaparte' rescue Kurds Donald Trump suggested Monday that Syria's formerly US-allied Kurds could look to 19th century French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte for protection after the US president ordered the departure of nearly 1,000 US troops from the country. "Anyone who wants to assist Syria in protecting the Kurds is good with me, whether it is Russia, China, or Napoleon Bonaparte. I hope they all do great, we are 7,000 miles away!" Trump wrote on Twitter.He defended his weekend order to vacate northeastern Syria and abandon the Kurds, saying that the US mission to defeat Islamic State in the region had been achieved "100 percent.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to abandon the Kurds to a Turkish military incursion in Syria by saying they didn ' t help the US during World War II. This came amid reports Turkish ground troops were crossing the border into Syria following airstrikes that began

USA should never have been in Middle East," Trump said in a series of morning tweets. Trump defended his unpopular decision, arguing on Twitter that "GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE " We 're not giving Turkey a green light in Congress and we 're not going to abandon the Kurds ," he said.

President Trump on Wednesday criticized the Kurds, saying they didn't help the United States during World War II and that they were only fighting for their land in Syria during the battle against ISIS.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Trump defends Syria move: The Kurds 'didn't help us' in Normandy© Getty Trump defends Syria move: The Kurds 'didn't help us' in Normandy

"The Kurds are fighting for their land," Trump told reporters at the White House during an event in the Roosevelt Room.

"And as somebody wrote in a very, very powerful article today, they didn't help us in the second World War, they didn't help us with Normandy as an example. They mentioned names of different battles. But they're there to help us with their land and that's a different thing."

Actually, President Trump, some Kurds did fight in World War II

  Actually, President Trump, some Kurds did fight in World War II But they didn't have a country, so they couldn't fight as one.Trump has acknowledged that the Kurds fought alongside the United States in Syria but said they “were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so.” He has tried to justify the move by saying he wants to bring U.S. troops out of endless wars in the Middle East.

USA should never have been in Middle East,” Trump said in a series of morning tweets. Trump defended his unpopular decision, arguing on Twitter that “GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY!”

President Donald Trump is defending his decision to pull back U . S . troops from northeastern Syria Turkey views the Syrian Kurdish fighters who have helped the U . S . against the Islamic State as " We 're not giving Turkey a green light in Congress and we 're not going to abandon the Kurds ," he said.

The remarks from Trump at the White House came as Turkey launched an offensive in northern Syria against Kurdish forces that had been allied with the United States in the fight on terror.

Trump paved the way for the Turkish offensive when he announced earlier this week, to a GOP furor, that he was withdrawing U.S. forces from that part of Syria. Some of Trump's staunchest Republican allies have ripped the move, calling it a betrayal of a loyal U.S. ally in the Kurds.

Trump insisted the U.S. has spent "tremendous amounts of money" helping the Kurds purchase ammunition and weapons.

"With all of that being said, we liked the Kurds," Trump told reporters.

"When you say they're fighting for us, yes, but they're fighting for their land," Trump added.

Trump sends $50 million in emergency funds to Syria

  Trump sends $50 million in emergency funds to Syria The funds are meant to "protect persecuted ethnic and religious minorities and advance human rights""This funding will provide emergency financial assistance to Syrian human rights defenders, civil society organizations and reconciliation efforts directly supporting ethnic and religious minority victims of the conflict," the statement reads.

USA should never have been in Middle East," Trump said in a series of morning tweets. Trump defended his unpopular decision, arguing on Twitter that "GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE " We 're not giving Turkey a green light in Congress and we 're not going to abandon the Kurds ," he said.

US troops start pullout from along Turkey's border in Syria . But the decision to leave Syrian Kurds — who supported the U . S . in the fight against Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday that such a move would be Trump 's "biggest mistake" as president.

The White House announced the withdrawal of U.S. forces abruptly late Sunday after Trump spoke with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The U.S. military partnered with the Syrian Democratic Forces, led by the Kurds, in operations against ISIS. Turkey considers the Syrian Kurds to be a terrorist group.

Syrian Democratic Forces have denounced Trump's decision as a "stab in the back."

The Trump administration has sought to contain the scrutiny over the past days, insisting the president did not give a "greenlight" to Turkey to conduct the operation and that he made clear to Erdoğan that there would be consequences for Turkey if Kurdish forces were harmed.

"I will wipe out his economy if that happens," Trump told reporters Wednesday. "I hope that he will act rationally."

Trump also insisted his decision had "tremendous support" outside Washington and noted he campaigned on withdrawing the U.S. from "endless wars."

Erdogan, Trump to meet next month in Washington amid Syria tensions: Turkey .
President Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have agreed to meet in Washington in November amid tensions over Syria, Reuters reported Sunday.The agreement came during a phone call Sunday where the two leaders discussed a "safe zone" east of the Euphrates River in Syria from which Kurdish fighters would be withdraw, Ankara reportedly announced.The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.Conflict between the U.S. and Turkey over Kurdish fighters in Syria has been brewing for years.America is allied with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which the U.S.

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