Trump defends Syria decision by saying Kurds 'didn't help us with Normandy'

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President says he learned Kurds didn’t help from a ‘powerful article’ as Turkey launches offensive into north-eastern Syria

Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Syria and enable a Turkish offensive against US-backed Kurdish fighters in the region by noting the Kurds didn’t fight alongside the US in the second world war.

The US president told reporters that the Kurds “didn’t help us in the second world war, they didn’t help us with Normandy as an example – they mention the names of different battles, they weren’t there”, in a staggering comment following the signing of executive orders on the federal regulation at the White House on Wednesday.

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