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US News Trump Warns Turkey’s Erdogan Not to “Be a Tough Guy” in Bizarre Letter

06:30  17 october  2019
06:30  17 october  2019 Source:   slate.com

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President Donald Trump wrote Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan an extraordinary letter warning him not to be " a tough guy " or "a fool" as his forces launched their attack on northern Syria, a White House official confirmed to NBC News.

Trump Warns Turkey ’ s Erdogan Not to “ Be a Tough Guy ” in Bizarre Letter . President Donald Trump asked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to “work out a good deal” over the country’s planned attacks against Kurdish forces and warned him not to “ be a tough guy ” in a strange letter

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President Donald Trump asked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to “work out a good deal” over the country’s planned attacks against Kurdish forces and warned him not to “be a tough guy” in a strange letter sent last week.

The letter, which was first reported by the Fox Business Network and confirmed by the White House, was handed out at a Congressional meeting Wednesday in an apparent attempt to highlight the president’s toughness in handling Erdogan, one source told an Associated Press reporter.

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Donald Trump warned his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan “don’t be a fool” and said history risked branding him a “devil” in an extraordinary letter sent @POTUS⁩ warns him to not “ be a tough guy ! Don’t be a fool!” Says he could destroy Turkey ’ s economy if #Syria is not resolved in a humane way.

US President Donald Trump urged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to make a deal with the Syrian Kurds in a letter , warning history will condemn him as “the devil” and the US will destroy Turkey ’ s economy if he refuses. @POTUS⁩ warns him to not “ be a tough guy !

“Dear Mr. President,” Trump wrote in the letter. “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.”

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the White House on October 16, 2019. Alex Wong/Getty Images © Provided by The Slate Group LLC President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the White House on October 16, 2019. Alex Wong/Getty Images The letter was dated Oct. 9, three days after Trump told Erdogan he would remove U.S. forces from northern Syria—and therefore leave the country’s Kurdish allies vulnerable—and the same day Turkey launched its attack against the Kurds.

In his letter, Trump backed his threat by saying he had “already given you a little sample with respect to Pastor Brunson,” in reference to the sanctions the White House placed on Turkey in an effort to win the release of an American pastor imprisoned there.

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President Donald Trump wrote Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan an extraordinary letter warning him not to be " a tough guy " or "a fool" as his forces launched their attack on northern Syria, a White House official confirmed to NBC News.

DONALD Trump warned Turkey ' s hardman president "don't be a tough guy " as he urged him not to invade Syria in an extraordinary letter leaked tonight. An extraordinary letter penned by Donald Trump was leaked on Wednesday showing how the US president warned Turkey ' s Erdogan : 'Don't

An October 9 letter from U.S. President Donald Trump to Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan warning Erdogan about Turkish military policy and the Kurdish people in Syria is seen after being released by the White House in Washington, U.S. October 16, 2019.  REUTERS/Jim Bourg © Thomson Reuters An October 9 letter from U.S. President Donald Trump to Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan warning Erdogan about Turkish military policy and the Kurdish people in Syria is seen after being released by the White House in Washington, U.S. October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Bourg He continued: “I have worked hard to solve some of your problems. Don’t let the world down. You can make a great deal.” He suggested the Kurdish forces would make a deal with Erdogan.

He concluded:

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. Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool!

I will call you later.

Sincerely, Donald Trump

The White House announced on Oct. 6 that Trump had spoken to Erdogan and that Turkey would “soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria.” Meanwhile, “The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial ‘Caliphate,’ will no longer be in the immediate area,” the statement said.

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Trump sent a letter to Turkey ’ s Erdogan asking him to make a deal with the Kurds in Syria. The goal of the letter , it seems, was to convince Erdoğan not to send his forces into Syria to attack the @POTUS⁩ warns him to not “ be a tough guy ! Don’t be a fool!” Says he could destroy Turkey ’ s

@POTUS⁩ warns him to not “ be a tough guy ! Don’t be a fool!” Says he could destroy Turkey ’ s economy if #Syria is not resolved in a humane way. Trump told Erdogan in the letter : “You don’t want to be responsible for slaughtering thousands of people, and I don’t want to be responsible for

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan address his ruling party legislators at the Parliament, in Ankara, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Erdogan called Wednesday on Syrian Kurdish fighters to leave a designated border area in northeast Syria 'as of tonight' for Turkey to stop its military offensive, defying pressure on him to call a ceasefire and halt its incursion into Syria.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici) © ASSOCIATED PRESS Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan address his ruling party legislators at the Parliament, in Ankara, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Erdogan called Wednesday on Syrian Kurdish fighters to leave a designated border area in northeast Syria 'as of tonight' for Turkey to stop its military offensive, defying pressure on him to call a ceasefire and halt its incursion into Syria.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici) The move was widely condemned by both Republicans and Democrats, many of whom saw the decision as a betrayal and abandonment of important allies (nearly 11,000 Kurds have died in the conflict) in the fight against ISIS. Some critics are also concerned that the fighting has weakened the security around detention centers holding ISIS prisoners, some of whom have already reportedly escaped.

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Trump insisted on Wednesday that he had not given a “green light” to attack Kurdish fighters and civilians, but he also, in that same appearance, insisted the Kurds were “not angels” and that “they’ve got a lot of sand over there…they can play with.” Members of Congress have introduced bipartisan measures to impose sanctions on Turkey, and after the backlash, Trump’s own administration introduced some sanctions against the country.

On Wednesday, Turkey rejected U.S. calls for a cease-fire. At least one expert has argued that the release of Trump’s letter likely made Erdogan, who would be wary of looking like he was caving to Trump, less likely to agree to a cease-fire.

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