Turkey on Trump letter: Erdogan threw it in the trash

The best response to the letter was that Turkey started its invasion the same day, the Turkish official told Hurriyet

Turkey responded to a letter US President Donald Trump sent to his Turkish counterpart Erdogan on October 9, which came to light yesterday, calling on the Turkish President to not “be a tough guy” and “Don’t be a fool”, with Turkish officials telling Hurriyet newspaper that Erdogan threw the letter in the trash.

The same officials said that the best response to Trump’s letter was that on the same day – on the afternoon of October 9 – Turkey’s invasion of Syria began.



Donald Trump warned Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a letter about Turkey’s incursion into Syria, “Don’t be a tough guy” and “Don’t be a fool!”

The Oct. 9 letter was released by the White House on Wednesday as the US president battled to control the political damage following his decision to pull US troops out of northern Syria, clearing the way for the Turkish incursion against America’s Kurdish allies.

The letter tried to persuade Mr. Erdogan to reverse a decision to invade Syria that Erdogan told Trump about in an Oct 6 phone call.

“Let’s work out a good deal!” Mr. Trump said. “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 had the letter released to bolster his view that he did not give Turkey a green light to invade Syria. Many lawmakers have been sharply critical of his decision to remove American forces from the conflict zone.

“I have worked hard to solve some of your problems. Don’t let the world down. You can make a great deal,” said Mr. Trump in the letter.

The president wrote that the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, General Mazloum Kobani Abdi, was willing to negotiate and to make some concessions.

He said he had confidentially enclosed to Mr. Erdogan a copy of a letter Mazloum had sent him.

“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!” said Mr. Trump.

He added: “I will call you later.”