Trump Implies That Mexicans Are Bigger Threat Than Escaped ISIS Prisoners
As President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria continues to wreak havoc in the region, the president continues to embrace his decision — even suggesting that concerns over the southern U.S. border outweigh the threat of ISIS prisoners escaping from captivity.
In response to criticism over the troop withdrawal, Trump tweeted on Monday that rather than focus on “the 7,000 mile away Border of Syria” — where a Turkish assault not only threatens the U.S.-allied Kurds but has also led to ISIS prisoners going free — he would prefer to “focus on our Southern Border which abuts and is part of the United States of America.”
That tweet followed another almost mocking the situation playing out in Syria, where Vanity Fair noted “Roughly 785 people affiliated with ISIS have escaped; an estimated 100,000 people have been displaced; [and] at least 81 Kurdish fighters and 60 civilians have been killed”.
Since making the decision to pull American forces from the region on October 6, the president has threatened Turkey with economic sanctions if it crosses a line that Trump has yet to well define.