• President Donald Trump on Wednesday persisted to protect his decision to withdraw US troops from northeast Syria, forsaking Kurdish forces in the quandary, by announcing the Kurds did no longer encourage the US for the duration of World War II. 
  • “They did now not encourage us in the 2nd World War, they did now not encourage us with Normandy,” Trump said of the Kurds, who played a obligatory position in the US-led campaign against ISIS.
  • And when asked by reporters whether or no longer he felt the Syria retreat and treatment of the Kurds despatched a unhappy message to diversified US allies, Trump said, “Alliances are very straightforward.”
  • Trump’s comments got right here hours after Turkey launched a defense force operation against the beforehand US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria. 

President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to desert the Kurds to a Turkish defense force incursion in Syria by announcing they did now not encourage the US for the duration of World War II. 

This got right here amid reports Turkish ground troops were crossing the border into Syria following airstrikes that started earlier in the day. 

“They did now not encourage us in the 2nd World War, they did now not encourage us with Normandy,” Trump said of the Kurds. He added, “With all of that being said, we fancy the Kurds.”

Earlier in the day, Trump in an announcement launched by the White Dwelling said he did no longer endorse the Turkish defense force operation and belief it modified into a “unhealthy thought.” But he did no longer reference the Kurds once, nor did he signal any quick response from the US to thwart Turkey’s actions. 

The Trump administration on Sunday all in an instant announced the US modified into withdrawing troops stationed in northeast Syria sooner than a Turkish operation. The transfer has been broadly condemned in Washington, along with by prime congressional Republicans and dilapidated Trump administration officials, as many feel Trump paved the approach for Turkey to head after key US allies. 

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces bore the brunt of the US-led campaign against ISIS, losing roughly 11,000 fighters in the course of. 

On Wednesday, when asked by reporters whether or no longer he felt the Syria retreat and treatment of the Kurds despatched a unhappy message to diversified US allies, Trump said, “Alliances are very straightforward.”

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