Turkish president throws US president Trump’s Syria letter in trash
TURKEY (DNA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan put US President Donald Trump’s letter “in the bin”.
The Oct. 9 letter was released by the White House as Trump battled to control the political damage following his decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria, clearing the way for the Turkish incursion against America’s Kurdish allies. President Trump told President Erdogan that “Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool!” following the call back of US troops out of Syria.
The letter tried to persuade Erdogan to reverse a decision to invade Syria that Erdogan told Trump about in an Oct 6 phone call.
Turkish presidential sources told that the letter was “thoroughly rejected” by Mr Erdogan.
On the day the letter was received, Turkey launched a cross-border offensive against Kurdish-led forces.
“Let’s work out a good deal! 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,” Mr Trump said in the letter.
“History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way. It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don’t happen.”
In response, Turkish presidential sources said: “President Erdogan received the letter, thoroughly rejected it and put it in the bin.”
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