Trump Says The Kurds Are ‘No Angels’ as They Face Turkish Onslaught

Trump Says The Kurds Are ‘No Angels’ as They Face Turkish Onslaught

President Donald Trump appeared to criticize the Kurds in remarks at the White House on Wednesday. Referring to the escalating Turkish invasion of Northern Syria, Trump said the longtime U.S. allies in the fight against ISIS were ‘no angels.’

“The Kurds are much safer right now, but the Kurds know how to fight, and as I said, they’re not angels, they’re not angels…Take a look – you have to go back and take a look. But they fought with us, and we paid a lot of money for them to fight with us, and that’s OK,” Trump said.

“All American soldiers are away from the site. Syria and Turkey can fight… They’ve got a lot of sand over there… There’s a lot of sand that they can play with,” the President said.

“If Turkey goes into Syria it is between Turkey and Syria. It’s not our problem,” he said.

Trump said it was ‘fine’ for the Russians to help the Syrian government in Damascus, which has been fighting the Kurds but recently agreed to assist them in resisting the Turkish invasion. He also reportedly referenced playing with sand again.

Trump further claimed that Syria was protecting the Kurds.

He also bizarrely referred to the situation on the Turkey-Syria border as ‘strategically brilliant’ for the U.S.

Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Northern Syria and effectively abandon the Kurds to Turkish invasion has been heavily criticized by members of both parties.

Watch part of Trump’s remarks above, via CNN.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Senior Editor and Political News Writer.