President Trump Decries U.S. Foreign Intervention: I’m ‘Embarrassed’ at How Many Countries We Occupy

President Donald Trump, although far from a non-interventionist in the vein of former Texas Congressman Ron Paul, has argued with more frequency over the past couple of weeks to bring U.S. troops home from foreign wars.

Trump has taken a lot of heat from agents of the deep state and military-industrial complex for moving troops from Northern Syria out of harm’s way before an impending conflict between Turkish and Kurdish forces last week.

He has not backtracked despite the bipartisan outrage that has come his way. In fact, Trump has only doubled down in recent days, defending his actions while claiming that the U.S. should not be protecting hostile nations abroad.

“I say why are we protecting Syria’s land? Assad’s not a friend of ours. Why are we protecting their land? And is Syria also has a relationship with the Kurds, who, by the way, are no angels, okay? Who is an angel? There are too many around. But Syria has a relationship with the Kurds, so they’ll come in for their border and they’ll fight,” Trump said. “Syria doesn’t want Turkey to take its land. I can understand that. But what does that have to do with the United States of America if they’re fighting over Syria’s land?”

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“Russia, Iran, Syria, and to maybe a slightly lesser extent, Turkey, they all hate ISIS as much as we do. And it’s their part of the world. We’re 7,000 miles away. I campaigned on bringing our soldiers back home, and that’s what I’m doing,” Trump added.

The President went even further, explaining that he is embarrassed about the U.S. troop presence in so many countries. Trump believes America is getting ripped off with the expansionist foreign policy that has persisted for generations.

“You know, we’re in many countries, many, many countries. I–I’m embarrassed to tell you how many. I know the exact number, but I’m embarrassed to say it because it’s so foolish. We’re in countries–we’re protecting countries that don’t even like us. They take advantage of us. They don’t pay; nothing,” Trump said.

“So you have Syria and you have Turkey they are going to argue it out. Maybe they’re going to fight it out but our men aren’t going to get killed over it. And just one other thing–they’ve been fighting for hundreds of years. This has been going on for hundreds of years,” he concluded.

The President was able to broker a ceasefire agreement with Turkish President Recep Erdogan on Thursday, a deal that Trump believes will save millions of lives in the region.

In addition, the Kurds are appealing directly to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for protection and have already agreed upon a deal with his regime.

The situation may be tenuous, but regional powers are figuring out how to deal with their own squabbles. This is is the foreign policy blueprint that Trump can use moving forward as troops are brought finally home from the Middle East and other areas throughout the world.

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