U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday played down the crisis in Syria touched off by Turkey’s incursion against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces, saying the conflict was between Turkey and Syria and that it was “fine” for Russia to help Damascus. Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, said imposing U.S. sanctions on Turkey would be better than fighting in the region.
Trump on Turkey’s invasion of Syria: “It’s not our problem.” cc: @VP Pence & @SecPompeo
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) October 16, 2019
Trump on Turkey/Syria via @colvinj: “All American soldiers are away from the site. Syria and Turkey can fight…They’ve got a lot of sand over there…“There’s a lot of sand that they can play with.”
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) October 16, 2019
At start of photo with Pres Mattarella of Italy, Pres Trump defends his decision to withdraw from northeast Syria. “We are not a policing agent. It is time for us to go home,” he says. Further, “if Turkey goes into Syria it is between Turkey and Syria. It’s not our problem.”
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 16, 2019