Trump disparages Kurds, says they’re ‘not angels’

US President Donald Trump disparages the Kurds, saying the US allies in the war against Islamic State in Syria “are not angels.”

Trump, who has come under intense criticism for abandoning the Kurds in the face of a Turkish offensive in northern Syria, tells reporters at the White House that “the Kurds are very well protected.”

“By the way, they are not angels,” he adds.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in the Oval Office of the White House, October 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump says the Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria is “not our problem,” and says that the Assad regime will protect the Kurds after he abruptly withdrew US forces from the Turkish border area.

The president says the Kurds and Turkey have “got to work it out,” and describes the US military withdrawal that he ordered as “strategically brilliant.”

— with agencies

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