Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: ‘Sometimes you have to let them fight’
At a campaign rally in Dallas Thursday night, President Trump lauded the cease-fire that Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reached with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan the same day.
“Sometimes you have to let them fight,” Trump told supporters at the American Airlines Center, referring to Turkish and Kurdish forces.
“Like two kids in a lot, then you pull them apart,” Trump said.
Trump continued, saying that after Turkish and Kurdish forces “fought for a few days,” that “we went there and we said, ‘we want a pause.’”
Additionally, Trump referred to both sides as a “friend.” Turkey is a fellow NATO ally of the U.S., and the Kurdish forces known as the YPG were vital in the fight against ISIS.
The president’s speech came after top congressional Democrats lambasted him earlier Thursday for the ceasefire.
In a joint statement, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that Trump was “flailing” and called the truce a “sham ceasefire.”
“The President’s decision to reverse sanctions against Turkey for brutally attacking our Kurdish partners in exchange for a sham ceasefire seriously undermines the credibility of America’s foreign policy and sends a dangerous message to our allies and adversaries alike that our word cannot be trusted,” the duo added.
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