President Donald Trump is receiving backlash for suggesting Kurds did not fight alongside the United States in World War II, reports CNN.
"The Kurds are fighting for their land, just so you understand, they're fighting for their land," Trump said at a White House event Wednesday in defense of the U.S. troop drawdown in northern Syria.
"And as somebody wrote in a very, very powerful article today, they didn’t help us in the Second World War, they didn't help us with Normandy, as an example, they mention names of different battles. But they're there to help us with their land."
Nearly 10,000 ISIS fighters are being held prisoner by the Kurds. If Turkish forces overrun the Kurds in northern Syria, there is a risk of escape.
Trump appears to have gotten his information from a Kurt Schlichter column, according to the Daily Beast.
"Let's be honest – the Kurds didn't show up for us at Normandy or Inchon or Khe Sanh or Kandahar," wrote Schlichter.
"The Kurds didn't help us in Normandy, didn't help us in Vietna– wait, sorry, I'm thinking of Trump," wrote New Yorker reporter Jonathan Chait.
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