US wants to protect Kurds in Syria: Trump

US wants to protect Kurds in Syria: Trump

US President Donald Trump wants to protect Kurds in Syria, even as he pulls American forces out of the country.

“We’re talking about sand and death. That’s what we’re talking about. We’re not talking about vast wealth. We’re talking about sand and death,” is how Trump described Syria when taking questions from the media after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, explaining his decision to withdraw US forces. 

He denied there was a set timeline for the withdrawal, saying it would be “over a period of time.”

“I never said I’m getting out tomorrow. I said we’re pulling our soldiers out…But we’re getting out very powerfully,” Rudaw quoted him as saying.

They will not, however, abandon the Kurds, he added, reasoning that the Kurdish forces fight better when they have US fire power backing them up.

“They fight better when we fight with them,” he said of the Kurdish forces. “You know, when we send 30 F-18s in front of them, they fight much better than they do when we don’t. And you’ve seen what’s happened.”

“But we want to protect the Kurds, nevertheless, we want to protect the Kurds.”