Trump likens Turkey's offensive against Kurds to a schoolyard fight
Tehran (KNA) - US President Donald Trump has praised the temporary cease-fire that Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reached with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and likened Ankara's military offensive against Syrian Kurds to a schoolyard fight.
"Sometimes you have to let them fight," Trump told supporters at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Thursday night, referring to Turkish and Kurdish forces.
"Like two kids in a lot, then you pull them apart," Trump said.
Trump added that after Turkish and Kurdish forces "fought for a few days," that "we went there and we said, ‘we want a pause.’"
Pence said on Thursday that Turkey agreed to end the military offensive in northern Syria after Kurdish fighters withdraw from Erdogan’s desired safe zone in Syria near the Turkish border, where the Turkish leader wants to relocate the estimated two million Syrian refugees who are in Turkey.
Trump said in return he would suspend the economic sanctions that he imposed on Turkey earlier in the week.