United State President, Donald Trump on Monday said that President Bashar Assad, Syrian President should protect Syrian Kurds from Turkey after most of US troops were withdrawn.
Erdogan led Turkey launched a cross-border assault on Kurdish fighters on Wednesday after Trump withdrew most of US troops from the region.
“After defeating 100% of the ISIS Caliphate, I largely moved our troops out of Syria. Let Syria and Assad protect the Kurds and fight Turkey for their own land … I hope they all do great, we are 7,000 miles away!” he tweeted.
….and Assad to protect the land of our enemy? Anyone who wants to assist Syria in protecting the Kurds is good with me, whether it is Russia, China, or Napoleon Bonaparte. I hope they all do great, we are 7,000 miles away!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2019
The US President also added that he would rather focus on protecting the southern US frontier from undocumented migrants.
Following a wave of criticism of the US decision to withdraw from northern Syria ahead of the Turkish military operation, abandoning the Kurds to fight Turkey on their own, President Trump said that Washington would respond to Ankara’s offensive with other measures, including economic sanctions.