At a news conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Trump also denied that his decision to withdraw US forces from the area enabled Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to launch the attack, saying, "I didn't give him a green light".
"President Erdogan's decision didn't surprise me because he's wanted to do that for a long time", Trump told reporters.
Trump added that US troops "shouldn't be over there".
"It's not between Turkey and the United States, like a lot of stupid people would like you to believe", Trump said, adding that he's more than willing to let adversaries fight it out in that area of the Middle East. "Just the opposite of a green light".
"I wish them all a lot of luck", he said. "There's a lot of sand they can play with". Many Republican senators, including Lindsey Graham, an ally of Mr. Trump, have criticized the president on this issue. "I fear this is a complete and utter national security disaster in the making and I hope President Trump will adjust his thinking".
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Shortly after Mr. Trump's policy shift, Turkey invaded the region and has so far refused USA orders for a ceasefire.
Other Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sens. The Trump administration helped secure Brunson's release from captivity.
The president mentioned the letter during a press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and stated he sent it to Erdogan, along with another letter from Gen. Mazloum Abdi, the Syrian Kurdish military leader who serves as commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). But the USA administration has since imposed sanctions and now claims, at least in some statements, that Pence will press Erdogan to pull back. "You can make a great deal", said Trump in the letter.
Since then, USA lawmakers and officials have accused the White House of betraying Washington's Kurdish allies. "They have a problem with Turkey, they have a problem at a border that's not our border, we shouldn't be losing lives over it", Trump said. Treasury Secretary Steven warned last week the Trump administration could "shut down" Turkey's economy.
Erdogan has so far made clear that he does not intend to halt his offensive.