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Minneapolis - 10 October 2019
1. Side view, US President Donald Trump speaking
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
"The Turks have been fighting with the Kurds for two centuries and Turkey as you know is a NATO ally. But I've been rough on them. We've defeated 100 percent of that ISIS caliphate and no longer have any troops in the area. We don't have any troops. The troops have been pulled out. Where Turkey is carrying out now a very tough campaign against the Kurds. (Responding to protesters) Get them out. (Pause while people boo protesters) So Turkey is right now waging a very tough campaign against the Kurds. We get along with the Kurds and we helped the Kurds. Don't forget they're also fighting for their land. You know that. But they're fighting."
3. Trump speaking
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
"We were supposed to be in Syria for 30 days. We've now been there for 10 years. We were supposed to be in Afghanistan for a short period of time. We're now going to be there for close to 19 years. It's time to bring them home. It's time to bring them home." (applause)
5. Trump speaking
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
"So in the case of Turkey and Syria and the Kurds we could send in a thousand troops for a military conflict with Turkey. No, you don't want to do that. We could hit Turkey very hard financially. Or we could mediate a deal between Turkey and the Kurds. I like that, you know. Let's mediate a deal. But remember, they've been fighting each other for hundreds of years. And we were artificially put there in this case by President Obama."
7. Trump speaking
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
"We captured many many ISIS fighters most of them came from Europe. They came from Germany. They came from France they came from all of these countries and we called them. I called them myself in many cases I said take your fighters they said we don't want them you take them. I said No no no we did you a big favour. They're citizens of Germany. They're citizens of France. They're citizens of these various countries in Europe. Take your fighters. We don't want them. Sir, we don't want them. And I said how unfair are we treated. We do them a great favour and they won't take the fighters."
President Donald Trump, at a rally in Minneapolis on Thursday night, defended his decision to bring US soldiers back home from Syria, as he faces criticism for abandoning the US's Kurdish allies to an attack by Turkey.
"We've defeated 100 percent of that ISIS caliphate and no longer have any troops in the area," Trump said.
He also said Turkey and the Kurdish population have been fighting for centuries.
He suggested that the US could mediate a deal between the two sides.