The United States has no desire to patrol Syria’s borders but is determined to maintain control over its oil resources. US President Donald Trump stated, answering questions from reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before a trip to Mississippi.
“Turkey’s ceasefire in Syria is well entrenched. We have retained our oil. To patrol the border in Syria, others can, frankly. And Turkey <...> fought there for thousands of years. Let them deal with the border! We do not want to do this, we want to return our soldiers to their homeland,” the American leader said. “However, we have left in Syria soldiers, as we retain for themselves oil. I like oil. We keep our oil,” Trump said.
According to him, the United States continues to cooperate in Syria with armed Kurdish groups, and with Turkey. “And we are working with the Kurds and, frankly, we are working with Turkey and many other countries,” Trump said. He was also asked whether the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Washington, scheduled for November 13, would take place. “President Erdogan wants to come to the White House. We have a very good relationship,” Trump replied, without going into further details.