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Donald Trump professed his love for the Kurdish people during a
marathon press conference on Wednesday.

Carlos Barria/Reuters

  • President Donald Trump on Wednesday referred to a Kurdish
    journalist as “Mr. Kurd” during a marathon press conference
    following the United Nations General Assembly in New York. 
  • When a foreign reporter told the president he was Kurdish,
    Trump said, “Good. Good. Great people! Great fighters. I
    like ’em a lot.”
  • The Kurds have been key US allies in the fight against
    ISIS.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday referred to a Kurdish
journalist as “Mr. Kurd” during a marathon press conference
following the United Nations General Assembly in New York. 

During the press conference, Trump professed his love for the
Kurdish people, who’ve been key US allies in the fight against
the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

They fought and died with us,” Trump said of the
Kurds. 

The Kurds are indigenous to a mountainous region in the
northern part of the Middle East and span
across Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Armenia.
They’re the
fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East
and the
largest stateless nation in the world.

When a foreign reporter told the president he was Kurdish, Trump
said, “Good. Good. Great people! Great fighters. I like ’em
a lot.”

Trump then asked other reporters in the room if they were
Kurdish. Subsequently, the president referred to another reporter
as “Mr. Kurd” as he answered his question. 

The president’s comments on the Kurdish reporters in the
room quickly went viral on social media. 

Trump addressed an array of topics during Wednesday’s lengthy
press conference, taking questions on everything from the sexual
misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett
Kavanaugh to his stance on the ongoing tensions between Israel
and Palestine. 

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