Trump letter to Erdogan: 'Don't be a fool'

By AFP
Published: October 17, 2019
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US President Donald Trump talks to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. PHOTO: REUTERS

US President Donald Trump talks to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON: “Don’t be a fool,” Donald Trump warned his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an extraordinary letter sent the day Turkey launched its incursion into northeastern Syria – warning history risked branding him a “devil.”

Three days after appearing to greenlight an invasion by pulling US troops from the Kurdish-dominated region, Trump told the Turkish president he would wreck Ankara’s economy if the invasion went too far.

In language shorn of diplomatic niceties, Trump began with an outright threat.

“Let’s work out a good deal,” Trump wrote in the letter dated October 9, whose authenticity was confirmed to AFP by the White House.

Erdogan says Turkey ‘can never declare ceasefire’ in north Syria

“You don’t want to be responsible for slaughtering thousands of people, and I don’t want to be responsible for destroying the Turkish economy – and I will.”

“History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way,” Trump said. “It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don’t happen.”

The US leader told Erdogan a “great deal” was possible if he negotiated with the head of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, Mazloum Abdi, whom Turkey has labelled a “terrorist” for his ties to the Kurdish PKK militants in Turkey.

“Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool,” he finished, adding: “I will call you later.”

US President Donald Trump's letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. PHOTO: AFP

US President Donald Trump’s letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. PHOTO: AFP

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  • Bunny Rabbit
    Oct 17, 2019 - 4:40PM

    Turkey couldn’t care less. they have both USA and KSA in its pocket thanx to Khashoggi secret tapes. Recommend

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