US President Donald Trump said that he thought other countries should be responsible for securing Syria’s borders, but that US troops are remaining in Syria “just because we’re keeping the oil,” while speaking to the press in Washington DC on Friday.
“President Erdogan wants to come to the White House. We have a very good relationship. The cease-fire is held very nicely. We’ve kept the oil. We stayed back and kept the oil. Other people can patrol the border of Syria, frankly, and Turkey let them. They’ve been fighting for a thousand years. Let them do the border. We don’t want to do that. We want to bring our soldiers home. But we did leave soldiers just because we’re keeping the oil. I like oil, we’re keeping the oil and we’re working with the Kurds and we’re frankly working with Turkey and we’re working with a lot of countries,” Trump said.
The US President also praised the recent killing of Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Qurayshi.
“We had a tremendous victory the other day and getting the number one terrorist in the world and probably one of the number one, maybe the number one terrorist for the last 50 years. And we knocked him out and then we knocked out number two. And we already have number three in our sights,” Trump said.
Trump also said that he was considering Iowa as a location for the signing of a trade deal between the US and China.
“I want to get the deal done first. But we’re thinking about Iowa. You know why? Because it would be the largest order in history for farmers. So to me, Iowa makes sense. I love Iowa. It’s a possibility.”