President Donald Trump is offering an emotional response as to what is the “hardest thing” he has to do as the president of the United States.
The president’s remarks come at a time that he’s been in hot water by congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle for his decision on Sunday to withdraw 50 American troops out of northern Syria.
Since the move was made, Turkey has launched an attack on U.S. Kurdish allies. The move has also sparked concern that thousands of ISIS fighters could escape.
Trump has defended the decision made to pull troops. However, at the White House on Wednesday, the president took another route in his explanation. This time, sharing what “the hardest thing” he has to do as president is.
“The hardest thing I have to do, by far — much harder than the witch hunt — is signing letters to parents of soldiers that have been killed,” Trump said, adding, “There’s not a lot of upsides, if there’s any upside at all, and in many cases there’re only downsides.”
Trump went on to describe a “blue-on-green attack,” in which a foreign soldier trained by Americans turns their gun on a U.S. soldier, citing “many” of these attacks in Afghanistan.
“The hardest thing I have to do is signing those letters. That’s the hardest thing I have to do. Each letter is different. We make each letter different, and last week I signed five of them for Afghanistan, one in Iraq, one in Syria from two weeks ago, and sometimes I call the parents, sometimes I see the parents.”
Describing those fallen soldiers being brought home, Trump shared what it’s like for those families who are grieving.
“I see people that were smiling, saying, ‘Oh Mr. President, thank you for being here.’ […] I’ve seen people that I thought were really incredible the way they were — I didn’t even understand how they could take it so well — scream like I’ve never seen anything before. Sometimes, they’ll run to the coffin. They’ll break through military barriers. They’ll run to the coffin and jump on top of the coffin. Crying mothers and wives, crying desperately.”
Trump added, “And this is on these endless wars that just never stopped and there’s a time and there’s a place, but it’s time to stop.”
See Trump’s comments below:
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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2019
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) – a strong backer of the president — was among the Republican lawmakers who split with Trump over the decision to U.S. troops out of Syria.
As IJR previously reported, Graham told Fox News on Wednesday that if Trump “follows through with this,” then, “It would be the biggest mistake of his presidency.”
“We can’t turn it over to Turkey,” the senator added. “To think that will work is really delusional and dangerous.”