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Trump stumped: confuses Kurds with Quds Force

By Rudaw 5/9/2015
Donald Trump. Photo: AP
Donald Trump. Photo: AP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Presidential hopeful Donald Trump mixed up the Kurds, a 35-million strong ethnic group, with the the Quds Force, Iran's overseas special forces, in a nationally syndicated radio interview Thursday, although the billionaire quickly pointed to the alleged mistreatment of the Kurds by the United States. 

Trump also appeared to be confused about the difference between the pro-Palestinian group Hamas and Hezbollah, the Iran-backed militia in Lebanon.

The first misunderstanding between the host and the current Republican frontrunner transpired early in the conversation:

Hugh Hewitt, the show host, asked Trump, “Are you familiar with General Soleimani?

“Yes, but go ahead, give me a little, go ahead, tell me,” Trump replied.

“He runs the Quds Forces,” Hewitt said.

“Yes, okay, right,” said Trump.

Hewitt continued, “Do you expect his behavior…,” before Trump interrupted him.

“The Kurds, by the way, have been horribly mistreated by ...," Trump said.

The host then said, "No, not the Kurds, the Quds Forces, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Forces."

The word "Quds," in Arabic, means "Jerusalem."

After a confusing exchange, Hewitt explained he was speaking about Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force who is known to have been involved in military action in Syria and Iraq, including the liberation of Tikrit.
"Oh, I thought you said Kurds, Kurds," said Trump

The host replied, "No, Quds."

To which Trump said, "Oh, I’m sorry, I thought you said Kurds, because I think the Kurds have been poorly treated by us, Hugh. Go ahead."

When asked about the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah at the end of the interview, Trump said he will know the difference “when it’s appropriate.”

“I will know more about it than you know, and believe me, it won’t take me long,” Trump said.

Hewitt's website describes the host as,"a lawyer, law professor and broadcast journalist whose nationally syndicated radio show is heard in more than 120 cities across the United States every weekday afternoon."


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Mihemed Herki | 5/9/2015
So Trump has not heard of these monkey Solemani, who cares. He knows the most important issue here and the is the mistreatment of our people. May he be the next president. Bijî kurd u Kurdistan....
Kawa | 5/9/2015
I watched this. It's actually not hard to mix it up. It was a phone interview. He thought the interviewer said "kurds" but it was "quads"'s not that he didn't know, he just thought that's what he herd. Regardless, Donald said he would support and arm the Kurds head to toe. I live in America. Kurds would love him! I know how kurds think. Kurds would love the Donald because he understands the U.S. Policy towards Kurds.
kurdish natinalist | 5/9/2015
ask him where is France, he will say it is in Russia
He is not confused! | 5/9/2015
The idea that he sees kurds as the good people despite not getting the necessary support from international community is already a good sign. It's important to have a good reputation as being a good fighter that only we kurds can defeat these barbarian Arabs daech evilness! We will get you and break your leg, you nazi minded Arabs. This time history is on our side! We mustn't be naive. Be awake and get united with all kurds for a free Kurdustan!
Trump Fan | 5/9/2015
Didn't hear the interview has a whole so can't judge Trump's middle east knowledge, but it is easy to mistake hearing Quds as Kurds. He still has my vote. Only candidate from either party that understands US trade relations with Japan and China is bad for US. These countries are not trading fair through currency manipulation, raw material export tariffs, intellectual property theft, etc... If our industry is gone, we will be a bankrupt nation that will not be able to finance foreign operations - such as helping the Kurds.

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