Trump: Don’t Worry About ISIS Prisoners, They’re Going To Europe
President Donald Trump indicated last week that he is unconcerned that captured ISIS fighters and their families might escape Syria as the Turkish assault unfolds.
Speaking to reporters during a Wednesday press conference, Trump said any members of ISIS who escape will be a problem for Europe — not the United States.
"Well, they're going to be escaping to Europe," the president said, according to Business Insider. "That's where they want to go, they want to go back to their homes."
The news outlet noted that estimates vary, but thousands of ISIS fighters and their family members are believed to be in the custody of Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
And as expected, those guarding the detainees have been forced to leave their posts to protect their families and communities at the border from Turkish forces.
Eupopean countries have been reluctant to repatriate ISIS militants, as Trump has mentioned time and again while saying in no uncertain terms that the U.S. will not take responsibility for them.
"They didn't come from our country and we did them a big favor," Trump said at Wednesday’s press conference. "We said to France, we said to Germany, we said to various countries in Europe, 'we'd like you to take your people.'"
"I said, 'we don't want them either,'" the president added. "Nobody wants them. They're bad. But somebody has to watch over them."