In a recent letter, President Trump urged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan not to “be a tough guy” and urged him to work out a deal between Turkey and Kurdish forces.
In the letter dated Oct. 9 and released Wednesday by Fox Business’s Trish Regan, Trump warned Erdoğan over attacking Kurdish forces, who helped the United States fight the Islamic State. Trump also threatened the Turkish economy.
“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,” Trump wrote. “I have worked hard to solve some of your problems. Don’t let the world down. You can make a great deal.”
“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,” he said.
“Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool! I’ll call you later,” Trump wrote at the end of the letter.
EXCLUSIVE: I have obtained a copy of @realDonaldTrump’s letter to #Erdogan. @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. Details tonight at 8pm #TrishRegan #FoxBusiness pic.twitter.com/9BoSGlbRyt
— Trish Regan (@trish_regan) October 16, 2019
Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to abruptly withdraw U.S. troops last week out of region allowing Turkey to invade Northern Syria, abandoning Kurdish forces in the region that have been allied with the U.S. in its fight against ISIS. He told reporters that U.S. armed forces shouldn’t be in the region as “two countries fight over land that has nothing to do with us.”