In an extraordinary letter sent to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a week ago, President Donald Trump cautioned that he could destroy Turkey’s economy if the circumstance in Syria isn’t contained and settled in conscious way, CNN has affirmed.
The tone of the letter is steady with Trump’s unconventional approach to diplomacy, especially when managing strongman leaders, as he tells Erdogan: “Let’s work out a good deal” and “Don’t be a fool!”
But it’s striking to see a US President utilize such language. Trump additionally cautioned his Turkish partner not to “be a tough guy!”
The letter is dated October 9 – three days after the two leaders had spoken by telephone – that day the Turkish invasion into Syria started, a detail that brings up more issues about what Trump said the Erdogan when compared to the substance of his composed correspondence.
“Don’t let the world down,” Trump wrote, adding that the Kurds are willing to negotiate and willing to “make concessions that they never would have made in the past.”
Trump finishes by saying, “History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way.” He warns that history will look at Erdogan “forever as the devil if good things don’t happen.”
The letter was first detailed by Fox Business.
Trump’s letter is dated only days after he had addressed Erdogan by telephone on October 6. That discussion was trailed by a declaration from the White House that Turkey would before long start a military offensive and US powers would not be engaged with the activity.
“Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria,” a White House statement said at the time. “The United States Armed Forces will not support or be engaged with the activity, and United States forces, having crushed the ISIS territorial ‘Caliphate,’ will never again be in the immediate area.”