Syrian crisis mirrors Donald Trump's presidency

The US administration is trying to convince it that it has never given Turkish President Erdogan a green light to launch an offensive against Syrian Kurdish allies in Washington.

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President Donald Trump at the White House, October 16. ALEX BRANDON / AP

Offhand, resumption of foreign propaganda, missive stunning to a counterpart, insults against his opposition: the Syrian crisis continued to act, Wednesday, October 16, as a powerful revealer of the presidency of Donald Trump.

Since his phone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on 6 October, followed by a statement in which the White House took note of Ankara's willingness to launch an offensive against Washington's Syrian Kurdish allies, the US administration is trying to to convince her that she never gave him the green light, while defending the principle of withdrawal.

Donald Trump has kept his distance on Wednesday with the crisis to which he contributed. Commenting on the possibility of a clash between the Turks and the Syrian regime to which the Kurds turned after the American abandonment, he joked: "They have a lot of sand there. So, they can play with a lot of sand. "If Turkey enters Syria, it is a matter between Turkey and Syria, it is not a matter between Turkey and the United States as many stupid people would have you believe", he said. "Kurds are much safer right now, but they know how to fight. And they are not angels. They are not angels, if you look well, he assured about Washington's former allies, while receiving Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

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Donald Trump did not spare the facts. "We were supposed to stay in Syria for a month. It was ten years ago He said while the US intervention against the Islamic State (IS) organization in Syria, initially limited to air strikes, only began in the fall of 2014. It also accused Syrian Kurds to voluntarily "Let go" jihadists held prisoner after the start of the Turkish offensive. "They opened a few doors to make us appear as bad as possible," he assured while no evidence seems to attest.

A motion condemning the American withdrawal

The President of the United States also resumed without nuance the Turkish theses by considering that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), allied with the Syrian Kurds and sworn enemies of Ankara, "Is probably worse in terms of terror and terrorist threat than ISIS".


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