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Politics Donald Trump downplays ties to Kurds; 'they didn't help' with Normandy

12:30  10 october  2019
12:30  10 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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

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Trump defends his Syria move, says Kurds ‘ didn ’ t help us with Normandy ’. Donald Trump AP. More On “With all of that being said, we like the Kurds ,” he added. Asked whether his decision to leave the Kurds to their own defense would harm America’s ability to form and maintain alliances

US president Donald Trump defends his decision to withdraw support for Kurdish allies in Syria by saying they did not help the US during the second world war.

WASHINGTON – As Turkey launched punishing airstrikes on Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria, President Donald Trump defended his decision to clear the way for the attack and played down the alliance with the Kurds, saying they did not fight alongside the United States in World War II.

“They didn't help us in the Second World War, they didn't help us with Normandy as an example,” the president said, responding to questions about a bipartisan backlash over his decision Sunday to withdraw U.S. forces who have fought alongside the Kurds against ISIS. “That’s a different thing.”

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Trump on Kurds : ‘ They didn ’ t help us in Normandy ’. Turkey’s offensive was triggered by a call between Donald Trump and Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, on And he downplayed the US debt to Kurdish fighters, saying: “ They didn ’ t help us in the second world war, they didn ’ t help

US President Donald Trump has downplayed the American alliance with Kurdish fighters in Syria, saying that there were no Kurds on Omaha Beach on D-Day. “The Kurds are fighting for their land,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday. “And as somebody wrote in a very

Following a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday, Trump announced he was moving U.S. special forces from northern Syria where their presence had long served to deter attacks.

Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers expressed outrage over the decision, saying it was a betrayal of staunch American allies.

While lawmakers said the U.S. owed the Kurds a huge debt for their help containing ISIS, Trump said they were fighting for their land in an age-old conflict. He added that the U.S. had "spent tremendous amounts of money helping the Kurds" with ammunition, money and aid.

“With all of that being said,” the president added. “We like the Kurds.”

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Trump noted several contributing factors, including that the Kurds , an Iranian ethnic group, did not help the United States during World War 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

Donald Trump speaks to reporters after signing executive orders on federal regulation at the White House in Washington. The US president told reporters that the Kurds “ didn ’ t help us in the second world war, they Trump said he learned that the Kurds didn ’ t help in Normandy from a “very, very

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Asked about the possibility that ISIS detainees held by the Kurds could escape and return to the battlefield because of the attack, Trump acknowledged that they could. 

"They're going to be escaping to Europe. That’s where they want to go," Trump said.

Trump said that he told Turkey – also an ally – that the invasion of northern Syria was a "bad idea." For several days White House officials have argued Trump never approved the attack, even though the withdrawal of U.S. forces all but guaranteed that invasion would be carried out.

"Pray for our Kurdish allies who have been shamelessly abandoned by the Trump Administration," said U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., normally an outspoken ally of the president.

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Trump on the Kurds : " They didn ' t help us in the Second World War, they didn ' t help us with Normandy , as an example." He suggests that they battled alongside U.S. forces for "their land," and adds, "With all of that being said, we like the Kurds ." pic.twitter.com/4aFGJiQquv.

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

Graham added: "This move ensures the reemergence of ISIS."

Trump appeared to support Erdogan’s desire to move refugees fleeing violence back across the border into Syria. Trump said Turkey is “holding millions of people” and said that Erdogan wants to repatriate them.

“We’ll see how he does it,” Trump said, acknowledging that such a repatriation carries enormous risk. “He could do it in a soft matter, he could do it in a very tough manner and if he does it unfairly he’s going to pay a very big economic price.”

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Trump tweeted Wednesday that the withdrawal involved roughly 50 service members. An administration official speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss details of U.S. involvement in the region described the number of soldiers involved to be between 50 and 100. 

The president has repeatedly framed the decision as part of his broader goal of reducing U.S. military engagements oversees. But the same administration official rejected the idea that the soldiers involved are being withdrawn and instead said that the service members would be reassigned to other areas in Syria.

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They didn ’ t help us with Normandy , they weren't there. Donald Trump . As Turkish troops bombarded and advanced into the region, activists and observers have reported multiple civilian casualties. Ankara insists the long-planned operation is designed to protect citizens from a security threat posed by

SYRIAN KURDS FACING a Turkish military operation did not “ help us with Normandy ,” US President Donald Trump has said, defending his widely-criticised decision to clear the way for the assault. “As somebody wrote in a very, very powerful article today, they didn ’ t help us in the Second World War

Trump has reduced U.S. military engagement in the country. The U.S. currently has about 1,000 troops in Syria, roughly half of the deployment at the end of last year.

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, said news of the invasion sickened her.

"Turkey is invading Syria in reported coordination with Russian-backed forces, ISIS terrorists are launching attacks in Raqqa, and thousands of ISIS fighters are biding their time in makeshift prisons," she said. "The U.S. is abandoning our ally the Kurds, who fought ISIS on the ground and helped protect the U.S. homeland."

Trump and other administration officials said they expect Turkey to maintain the detention of thousands of ISIS fighters, but several lawmakers questioned whether the Turks will be able or even willing to do that.

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said the U.S. withdrawal "further emboldens Iranian proxies in the region and enables the escape of thousands of ISIS fighters who are currently held by Kurdish forces but remain determined to attack the West."

In his statement put out by the White House, Trump said: "There are no American soldiers in the area."

He also said "Turkey has committed to protecting civilians, protecting religious minorities, including Christians, and ensuring no humanitarian crisis takes place – and we will hold them to this commitment."

Trump's statement did not mention the Kurds by name.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Donald Trump downplays ties to Kurds; 'they didn't help' with Normandy

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