Trump Says Russian Syria Expansion After U.S. Departs Is ‘Fine’

Trump Says Russian Syria Expansion After U.S. Departs Is ‘Fine’

President Donald Trump dismissed concerns that the U.S. withdrawal from Syria has left American-allied Kurds abandoned and allowed Russia to fill the void, Bloomberg reports.

“Syria may have some help with Russia and that’s fine,” Trump said. “It’s a lot of sand. They’ve got a lot of sand over there, so there’s a lot of sand they can play with.”

Trump suggested that Russian involvement in the region would eventually prove costly, drawing parallels with the Soviet-Afghan war in the 1980s.

“It used to be called the Soviet Union, now it’s called Russia for a reason - because they lost so much money in Afghanistan they had to downsize,” Trump said. “So if Russia wants to get involved with Syria that’s really up to them. They have a problem with Turkey, they have a problem with the border. It’s not our border, we shouldn’t be losing lives over it.”

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