“If Turkey was planning on coming into northern Syria and trying to ethnically cleanse the Kurds, and U.S. troops were caught in the middle, I am not completely convinced that it was a bad idea to get them out of harm’s way,” Cornyn said…

A senior aide, discussing the Syria policy with reporters after the president’s comments, said that “I don’t think we’ve seen any evidence of ethnic cleansing” but that the U.S. would continue to monitor the Kurds’ situation. “And we would discourage — strongly discourage — any side from forced population removals and ethnic cleansing. That’s just something that doesn’t belong in the 21st century.”