President Trump on Wednesday said he’s not concerned about ISIS prisoners potentially escaping as the U.S. vacates northern Syria, claiming the escapees would end up Europe.
Trump was asked in the Roosevelt Room of the White House about the potential threat of an ISIS resurgence, should its fighters escape once the U.S. leaves the region.
“Well they’re going to be escaping to Europe. That’s where they want to go. They want to go back to their homes,” Trump said.
“But Europe didn’t want them from us,” he added. “We could’ve given it to them. They could’ve had trials they could’ve had whatever they wanted. But as usual, it’s not reciprocal.”
Asked about potential of ISIS fighters escaping following withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria, Pres. Trump says, "Well, they're going to be escaping to Europe. That's where they want to go. They want to go back to their homes." https://t.co/wdLmYKKuYY pic.twitter.com/6Em11AVSS2
— ABC News (@ABC) October 9, 2019
The president’s comments aligned with his detached tone about the potential toll of his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria.
The White House announced Sunday night that it would remove its troops from that region. By Wednesday morning, Turkey had begun carrying out a military operation against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria.
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