President Trumps extraordinary letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has now surfaced online, just days after the pair shared a secret phone call.
The letter—shared on Twitter by Trish Regan of FOX business and verified by The White House—appears to be consistent with Trumps rather unconventional approach to politics.
Dated Oct. 9, Trump uses an informal tone as he warns Erdogan that he will destroy Turkeys economy if the situation in Syria is not resolved in a “humane way.”
Trump also urges his Turkish counterpart not to “be a fool” amid the ongoing tensions between Turkey and Syria.
Seemingly wanting to cut straight to the point, the letter begins: “Dear Mr. President. Lets work out a good deal!”
Appearing to take a more aggressive tone, Trump continues: “You dont want to be responsible for slaughtering thousands of people, and I dont want to be responsible for destroying the Turkish economy—and I will.
“Ive already given you a little sample with respect to Pastor Brunson. I have worked hard to solve some of your problems. Dont let the world down. You can make a great deal.
EXCLUSIVE: I have obtained a copy of @realDonaldTrumps letter to #Erdogan. @POTUS warns him to not “be a tough guy! Dont be a fool!” Says he could destroy Turkeys economy if #Syria is not resolved in a humane way. Details tonight at 8pm #TrishRegan #FoxBusiness pic.twitter.com/9BoSGlbRyt
— Trish Regan (@trish_regan) October 16, 2019
“General Mazloum is willing to negotiate with you, and he is willing to make concessions that they would never have made in the past. I am confidentially enclosing a copy of his letter to me, just received.”
Trump signs off the letter with yet another warning to the Turkish President, writing: “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 dont happen.
“Dont be a tough guy. Dont be a fool! I will call you later.”
Trumps letter to Erdogan comes after a warning he tweeted last week not to move forward with an offensive against the Syrian Kurds following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the region.
However, it appears the president was unswayed by the letter, as the Turks went ahead to launch their offensive in north-eastern Syria just days later.
The move saw the Kurds seek assistance from Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad and his Arab Socialist Baath Party as they joined forces with his armed forced.
Trump has since imposed sanctions and visa bans on the Turkish government, calling on Ankara to stop the invasion.
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