US President Donald Trump suggested Monday that Syria’s Kurds, until recently Washington’s allies, could seek protection from 19th-century French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, after he ordered the departure of nearly 1,000 soldiers Americans of the country.
“Anyone who wants to help Syria protect the Kurds is good for me, be it Russia, China or Napoleon Bonaparte. I hope everyone does great, we are 7,000 miles away!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Turkey threatened to invade northeastern Syria after launching a military assault against the Kurds last week that left more than 300 dead on both sides and forced 160,000 refugees to flee.RELATED
The president defended his weekend order to evict northeastern Syria and abandon the Kurds, claiming that the US mission to defeat the Islamic State in the region had been achieved at “100 percent.”
Trump added that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should defend the region.
“Let Syria and Assad protect the Kurds and fight against Turkey for their own land. I told my generals, why should we be fighting for Syria and Assad to protect the land of our enemy?” Twitter network