Lara Trump Defends Trump on Syria By Claiming ‘The Average American’ Doesn’t Even Know Who the Kurds Are


First Daughter-in-Law and senior Trump campaign adviser Lara Trump added another offensive defense of President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the United States’ Kurdish allies in Syria to the pile by claiming that the “average American” doesn’t even know who they are.

On Monday’s edition of Fox News at Night, host Shannon Bream asked Mrs. Trump to respond to a New York Times piece entitled “Trump Followed His Gut on Syria. Calamity Came Fast,” reading this passage to her:

President Trump’s acquiescence to Turkey’s move to send troops deep inside Syrian territory has in only one week’s time turned into a bloody carnage, forced the abandonment of a successful five-year-long American project to keep the peace on a volatile border, and given an unanticipated victory to four American adversaries: Russia, Iran, the Syrian government and the Islamic State.

“Your reaction tonight?” Bream asked.

“Well, Shannon, I think we should start with the fact that if you ask the average American out there, I think they would have to Google ‘Who are the Kurds, and why is America even over there fighting this war?'” Trump replied.

That search returns results like “Abandoned by U.S. in Syria, Kurds Find New Ally in American Foe” and “Actually, President Trump, some Kurds did fight in World War II.”

The latter is a reference to Trump’s own defense of the move in which he said that the Kurds didn’t help the U.S. at Normandy.

Mrs. Trump then rattled off several falsehoods, claiming that “We were supposed to be there for 30 days, we’ve been there for 10 years,” when then-President Obama first committed ground troops to the region in 2015, and gave no such deadline at the time.

Bream then reminded Trump of the success the Kurds have had in fighting ISIS, and that “many of them saying they have no defenses, that they’re being slaughtered after partnering with the US, there are worries that other potential allies in the future… will be hesitant to partner with the US because of what they see now happening to the Kurds.”

“Well I think the president though has always been very direct about this, he said from the very beginning that he wanted to pull out of Syria, now he is almost 3 years into his presidency and he’s doing it now, so it shouldn’t be a surprise, and I don’t think the people should be hesitant to partner with the United States in any way as result of this,” Trump said, adding “I certainly hope not.”

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

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