U.S. Republican presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump speaks at a veteran's rally in Des Moines. (Reuters)
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The republican candidate for the US presidency Donald Trump told the New York Times that he is a fan of Kurds, but also praised Turkey as a potential ally against ISIS.
“I’m a fan of the Kurds, you understand,” Trump said. “But [Turkish president] Erdogan is not. Tell us how you would deal with that?” the New York Times journalist asked the republican candidate.
“Well, it would be ideal if we could get them all together. And that would be a possibility,” Trump said. “But I’m a big fan of the Kurdish forces. At the same time, I think we have a potentially — we could have a potentially very successful relationship with Turkey. And it would be really wonderful if we could put them somehow both together,” he said.
The presidential candidate said he would hope to solve the differences between Kurds and Turkey in meetings. “If I ever have the opportunity to do it, meaning if I win, we will have meetings, we will have meetings very early on,” he added.
“Very early on. I think it’s a natural. I think it’s a natural. I mean, we have two groups that are friendly and they are fighting each other. So if we could put them together, that would be something that would be possible to do, in my opinion,” he concluded.
Moreover, Trump also said that Turkey can do a lot against ISIS. “I would hope that if I’m dealing with them, they will do much more about ISIS,” he said.
Although the Kurds might be happy about the praises, recently Trump also praised the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein for ‘killing terrorists’, despite the fact he massacred thousands of Kurds.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg