Trump suggested that he was fine with the Kurds being slaughtered by invading Turkish forces because they didn’t help the US during World War II.
Trump said, “The Kurds are fighting for their land, just so you know. The Kurds are fighting for their land. As somebody wrote in a very powerful article today, they didn’t help us in the Second War 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. In addition to that, we have spent tremendous amounts of money on helping the Kurds in terms of ammunition, in terms of weapons, in terms of money, in terms of pay.”
My goodness — Trump criticizes the Kurds because "they didn't help us in the Second War War, they didn't help us with Normandy." pic.twitter.com/53yK26fNZp
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 9, 2019
Trump is justifying turning our back on our allies in fighting ISIS and letting them get slaughtered because they didn’t help us out in World War II, and Trump thinks that supporting the Kurds is too expensive.
It is not a coincidence that Trump is making a move that dictators in Russia, Syria, and Turkey at the expense of those who are fighting for democracy.
The truth is that Trump can give no valid reason for the abandonment of the Kurds. It is what Putin and Erdoğan wanted, and since Trump’s hobby is lying down for dictators, he was happy to oblige.
That is the real reason why Trump released terrorists, destabilized the Middle East, and jeopardized US national security.
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