Trump defends decision to abandon Kurds in Syria

(AP) – President Donald Trump is casting his decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria as fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from “endless war” in the Middle East.

But Republican critics and others say he is sacrificing a U.S. ally and undermining American credibility.

Trump has declared U.S. troops will step aside for an expected Turkish attack on the Kurds, who have fought alongside Americans for years. But he has also threatened to destroy the Turks’ economy if they go too far.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina calls Trump’s action a “shot in the arm to the bad guys.”

Pentagon and State Department officials are holding out the possibility of persuading Turkey to abandon its expected invasion.

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