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Key lesson for Australia in Trump's move to abandon Kurds

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08.10.2019

The US President’s decision to forsake the Syrian Kurds must surely give his allies the last compelling piece of evidence to prove that they should not vest any faith in Donald Trump.

When Trump boasted "I defeated the Caliphate" at an impromptu Oval Office press conference on September 20 he omitted the fact that it was the Kurds who did much of the fighting and most of the dying in that war.

Replay

If an alliance that is measured in a sea of blood has no value to Trump, then what price does he put on defence relationships built on pledges of burden-sharing made by nations such as Australia?

Scott Morrison had a ring-side view of that Presidential boast as he sat, mostly silent, just a metre away.

In remarks at the ceremonial welcome to the White House on the same day Morrison went to a theme he would repeat in the Oval Office and at almost every event on his American pilgrimage.

"Australia may often look to the United States but we have never been a country that has been prepared to leave it to the United States," the Prime Minister said. "We don’t, that’s not our way. We pull our weight."

Best buddies: Prime Minister Scott Morrison and US President Donald Trump in the US in September.Credit:Alex........

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