Trump letter to Erdogan: ‘Don’t be a fool’ – World

"Don't be silly," Donald Trump warned his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an extraordinary letter sent the day Turkey launched its raid in northeastern Syria: the warning story risked calling it a "demon."

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Three days after appearing to give the green light to an invasion by withdrawing US troops from the Kurdish-dominated region, Trump told the Turkish president that he would destroy Ankara's economy if the invasion went too far.

This image widely distributed on social networks on October 16 in Washington DC shows the letter sent on October 9 by Trump to Erdogan warning about economic sanctions after the Turkish intervention in northern Syria. The White House confirmed the authenticity of the letter. – AFP

In a language devoid of diplomatic subtleties, Trump began with an absolute threat.

"Let's make a good deal," Trump wrote in the October 9 letter.

"You don't want to be responsible for killing thousands of people, and I don't want to be responsible for destroying the Turkish economy, and I will."

"History will look favorably on you if you do this in the right and humane way," Trump said.

"He will consider you forever as the devil if good things don't happen."

The US leader told Erdogan that "a great deal" would be possible if he negotiated with the head of the Syrian Democratic Forces led by the Kurds, Mazloum Abdi, whom Turkey has described as "terrorist" for his ties with the Kurdish militants of the PKK in Turkey.

"Don't be a tough guy. Don't be silly," he concluded, adding: "I'll call you later."



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