Trump defends withdrawal decision, says U.S. borders should be priority

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday defended his decision to withdraw troops from northeastern Syria following a phone call with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, saying that the United States should prioritise protecting its own borders, CBN News reported.

“Let them have their borders, but I don’t think our soldiers should be there for the next 50 years guarding a border between Turkey and Syria when we can’t guard our own borders at home,” Trump said in during a speech at the meeting of conservative Christians, the Value Voters Summit in Washington.

Turkey has launched the operation saying it will set up a 30-kilometres deep safe zone stretching along its border inside Syria to rid the area of Kurdish fighters that it labels terrorists, and to resettle Syrian refugees. The offensive began after U.S. President Donald Trump gave Erdoğan permission in a phone call on Sunday.

U.S. President said Kurdish forces had been weighing to withdraw from the operation zone.  

"The Kurds are tending to leave and that's good," Trump said.
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