Only Beijing and Moscow are disappointed with the withdrawal of American soldiers from Syria, as they like when Washington gets bogged down in a new war and does not spend money on its defense, the US president stressed.
U.S. President Donald Trump said the U.S. should gradually complete its military operations abroad. He told reporters on October 7, commenting on Turkey’s operation in northeastern Syria, TASS reported.
According to Trump, U.S. troops are stuck in Syria, which benefits only Russia and China.
“We need to bring back soldiers from these endless wars. We don’t fight, we act as a police force, but we’re a great military force. Only two countries are disappointed with the withdrawal of troops, Russia and China because they like it when we get in touch with something and spend a lot of money instead of developing our armed forces,” the American leader stressed.
He also reminded that U.S. troops have been present in Syria for many years, although initially it was assumed that it was a short-term task.
According to the American leader, 50 American troops were stationed in the “small sector” where Turkey launched the operation. He said he had warned Ankara against striking U.S. troops or Washington’s allies in Syria.
“I don’t want them to be injured or killed, to have something happen to them. I said to President (Turkey’s Tayyip) Erdogan, “Don’t hurt any of our people or face big problems,” Trump said.
Earlier it was reported that the Turkish Air Force attacked the headquarters of Kurdish militias in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasek.
Recall, the U.S., which acted as allies of the SDF in the fight against the Islamic State group, on Monday began the withdrawal of troops and equipment from their bases in northeastern Syria.
Trump said it was time to bring the U.S. military home and now Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia, and the Kurds should deal with IS.
At the same time, he also stressed that he would destroy the Turkish economy if Ankara takes any actions that go beyond the limits of what is allowed.
The Kurds regarded these actions as a violation of the guarantees given by Washington.