President Trump on Wednesday defended his nearly universal condemned decision on Sunday night to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria and let Turkey invade the Kurdish-held area, especially considering the Kurds helped the U.S. fight ISIS in the region.
When asked about the Kurds on Wednesday, Trump said 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.
“The Kurds are fighting for their land,” Trump told reporters at the White House during an event in the Roosevelt Room.
He added: “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.”
Trump did not specify to which article he was referring, but some on Twitter pointed to an article written in TownHall by conservative Kurt Schlichter that included a reference to the Kurds and Normandy.
Trump’s remarks came days after 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 notes that the Kurds "didn't help us in the Second War War, they didn't help us with Normandy" — the idea being that this justifies not helping them against Turkey pic.twitter.com/SXdZOIqs1n
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 9, 2019