Donald Trump lavished reward Thursday on his “friend” and “hell of a leader”  Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the Turkish president launched an incursion into northeast Syria. Trump stated the Turks wanted to have a swath of Syria “cleaned out” after battling with Syrian Kurds there. 

Trump spoke after Turkey introduced a five-day “pause” in preventing in Syria negotiated by Vice President Mike Pence.

The deal was reached simply over per week after Trump agreed in a telephone name with Erdogan to drag out U.S. troops in Syria to cede the battlefield to the Turks, who’ve focused America’s Kurdish allies. Pence has termed the brand new deal a “ceasefire,” however the Turkish international minister known as it a “pause,” emphasizing: “This is not a ceasefire,” and stated that Turkish troops wouldn’t withdraw.

Turkey will pause its invasion for 120 hours to permit the Kurds to withdraw from a zone of the border area. But the settlement additionally permits Turkey to take over a major swath of Syria and calls on Syrian Kurdish forces, often called the YPG, to give up their heavy weapons. The deal would droop U.S. financial sanctions towards Turkey.

“For many, many years, Turkey, in all fairness, they’ve had a legitimate problem” with northeast Syria, the place the Kurds are settled, Trump stated in remarks in Texas forward of his rally in Dallas. “They had terrorists, they had a lot of people in there they couldn’t have …. and they had to have it cleaned out.” (See the video above.)

The Kurds have battled ISIS for years alongside U.S. troops — and have fought towards Turkey for hundreds of years over disputed territory. Now that the ethnic group is beneath siege, the destabilization has “created a perfect situation for ISIS to capitalize on,” Rita Katz, govt director of the SITE Intelligence Group, a personal agency that tracks on-line extremist exercise, instructed The Washington Post.

Trump stated in Texas: “I want to thank Turkey” for agreeing to the pause in preventing — regardless that it was Turkey that launched the invasion. “We’ve gotten everything we’ve ever dreamed of,” Trump added. He stated the Kurds are “incredibly happy” with the “solution.”

Trump stated the “ceasefire” was one thing that Turkey had been after for 10 years. 

“You would have lost millions and millions of lives. They couldn’t get it without a little ‘rough love,’ as I called it … they needed a little bit of that at the beginning,” Trump stated. “And then everybody said, ‘Wow, this is tougher than we thought.’ When those guns start shooting, they tend to do things.” 

Trump known as it a “great day for the United States. It’s a great day for Turkey … The Kurds were great. Great day for the Kurds. It’s really a great day for civilization.”

On Wednesday Trump stated that the Kurdish allies have been “no angels” and stated that in some instances they signify a risk extra harmful than ISIS, whom the Kurds fought towards with American troops in Syria. He said that Turkey’s invasion of Syria “has nothing to do with us.”

The House on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly, 354 to 60, to denounce the U.S. troop withdrawal in Syria; 129 Republicans joined all of the Democrats within the vote on the decision.

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