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Trump angers Republicans As He Tosses Kurds

Trump angers Republicans As He Tosses Kurds

 

Editor: Vladimir Bajic | Tactical Investor

Trump angers Republicans As He Tosses Kurds

President Donald Trump — in a series of tweets, statements to reporters and one leaked letter — upended the administration’s stance on Turkey Wednesday even as senior leaders tried to contain the damage from his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.

Trump, under fire from Republicans who say he’s abandoning Kurdish fighters by allowing Turkey to move in, opted to recast his decision to withdraw U.S. troops by insulting the Kurds and shrugging at Turkey’s cross-border incursion.

“Let them fight their own wars,” he said, referring to the Turks and the Kurds. “They’ve been fighting for 1,000 years. Let them fight their own wars.”

He also said the Kurds “are no angels” and “the PKK, which is a part of the Kurds, as you know, is probably worse at terror and more of a terrorist threat, in many ways, than ISIS.”

The statements baffled Republican allies, who in the previous 24 hours had decided to make nice with Trump and join forces to impose sanctions on Ankara to get them to cease hostilities.

Trump “appears to be hell-bent on making the same mistakes in Syria as President Obama made in Iraq,” Sen. Lindsey Graham wrote on Twitter. “The worst thing any Commander in Chief can do is to give the land back to the enemy that was taken through blood and sacrifice. I fear those are the consequences of the actions being taken right now.” Full Story

 

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