U.S President Donald Trump threatened to send thousands of ISIS prisoners to Europe if their countries of origin refuse to take them back.
Trump told journalists who gathered in the White House that he demands European allies, specifically Germany and France, to take home and put on trial their citizens who fought for ISIS in Iran and Syria.
Concerned European states have refused to take them back. “We’re holding thousands of ISIS fighters right now, and Europe has to take them,” Trump said.
“If Europe doesn’t take them, I’ll have no choice but to release them into the countries from which they came, which is Germany and France and other places.
“We don’t want them. We’re going to tell them [the Europeans] and we’ve already told them.”
The President did not give a cut-off date for his threat, but said: “It’s moving along, my deadline. They know.”
Later, in a speech to a group of veterans in Kentucky, the President stressed that he doesn’t want to continue funding the detention of ISIS fighters.
“European allies say to us, ‘Why don’t you hold them in Guantanamo Bay for 50 years and spend billions and billions of dollars holding them?’ The United States will not keep them in Guantanamo for 50 years and pay for it,” said Trump.
Thousands of detainees including men, women and children from more than 50 countries have been stationed in camps run by U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria.
This matter will certainly be taken up during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France. “At a certain point Russia, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey they are going to have to fight their battles too. I did it in record time but at a certain point all of these other countries where ISIS is around, they have been decimated, by the way, badly decimated,” said the Republican head of state.