Yes, This Completely Unhinged Letter From Trump To Erdogan Is Real

Clay Curtis
October 17, 2019

The resolution says Congress "opposes the decision to end certain United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria" and called on Erdogan to stop the offensive.

Trump had the letter released to bolster his view that he did not give Turkey a green light to invade Syria. "They've got a lot of sand over there". But they fought with us and we paid a lot of money for them to fight with us. "Don't be a fool!" said Trump. "And, by the way, they're no angels". "Fighting terrorists, exercising leadership in troubled regions, and advancing USA interests around the world does not make us an evil empire or the world's policeman", he said.

The Syrian Kurds lost more than 10,000 people while helping the Obama and Trump administrations mostly overturn ISIS' control of large swaths in northern Syria. Military equipment is being gathered and flown out, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the withdrawal, which poses big security risks.

As Trump continued describing the Syria matter as up to those in that "neighborhood", Italian President Sergio Mattarella used part of his prepared remarks at the news conference to express his "concern" over Turkey's assault.

Turkish soldiers prepare to enter Syria aboard an armored personnel carrier at the border with Syria in Karkamis, Gaziantep province, southeastern Turkey, October 15, 2019.

Kurdish forces in Syria have been longtime Western partners in the fight against the so-called Islamic State (IS).

Asked about congressional opposition to his decision, including from Sen.

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He noted that Syria was getting "some help with Russian Federation and that's fine". "It's not our border".

"I told Trump: "You get very angry with the media from time to time".

The resolution is expected to pass in the Senate as well, with top Republicans and allies of Trump offering criticisms of the president's decision.

In a previous version of this story and in a headline, we incorrectly quoted President Trump as saying, "It's not our problem" when talking about Syria.

"I fear this is a complete and utter national security disaster in the making", Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Twitter.

As the division in Trump's party festered, the administration was also sending contradictory messages.

He said the Kurds, longtime USA allies, are "much safer right now" and added, "They're not angels".

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