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Here’s The Letter Trump Wrote To Turkish President Erdogan After His Syria Withdrawal



President Trump sent Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan an ominous letter last week after their Oct. 6 call, after which Trump controversially announced that the U.S. would withdraw all troops from northeast Syria ahead of a Turkish military operation in the region.

The Oct. 9 letter, obtained by Fox Business Network’s Trish Regan on Wednesday after Trump referenced it during a press conference the same day, advised Erdogan not to be a “tough guy” or a “fool” when it comes to his country’s fragile situation at the Syrian border.

Erdogan on Oct. 9 launched a Turkish military offensive into Syria, claiming it wanted to “neutralize terror threats” and establish a “safe zone.” Turkish forces last Wednesday carried out airstrikes and later announced ground troops had invaded northeastern Syria. Nearly all U.S. troops there have been removed and will be redeployed in the region in the coming weeks.

The president has been criticized by some analysts and political observers who insist he gave Turkey the “green light” to invade Syria and fight the Kurds, U.S. allies in recent efforts to bring the Islamic State to heel. Trump has defended his actions to “bring our soldiers back home” and put a stop to the “crazy endless wars,” saying the United States is “7,000 miles away.”

“I didn’t give them a green light,” Trump said Wednesday, “and if anybody saw the letter, which can be released very easily if you’d like, I can certainly release it — but I wrote a letter right after that conversation, a very powerful letter, that was never giving a green light.”

Turkey’s military offensive “didn’t surprise me at all,” Trump told reporters. “They’ve been warring for many years — it’s natural for them, they fight.”

But “why are we protecting Syria’s land?” Trump asked, adding that the war-torn country “doesn’t want Turkey to take its land. But what does that have to do with the United States of America?”

In his letter to Erdogan, Trump said, “Let’s work out a good deal!”

History “will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don’t happen,” the president wrote. “Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool!”

“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 said. “I’ve already given you a little sample with respect to Pastor Brunson.”

Pastor Andrew Brunson was released one year ago from Turkey, where he was held as a political prisoner for more than two years. The Trump administration helped secure Brunson’s release from captivity.

“I have worked hard to solve some of your problems,” the president wrote. “Don’t let the world down. You can make a great deal.”

The president mentioned the letter during a press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and stated he sent it to Erdogan, along with another letter from Gen. Mazloum Abdi, the Syrian Kurdish military leader who serves as commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

In his letter, Trump said Mazloum “is willing to negotiate with you, and he is willing to make concessions that they would never have made in the past.”

“History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way,” the president said, later adding: “I will call you later.”

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  • JOHN MERNONE says:

    I thought that it was a great letter, and right to the point! The President doesn’t run from the hard decisions, and he has already proved to the world that he wants peace and prosperity for all…But he will not bow down to anyone he considers a threat!

  • Gerald Cline says:

    Erdogan hates the Kurds as much as the Democrats hate Donald Trump. Both Erdogan and the Democrats are irrational…ya-think…?!?!?

  • john byrne says:

    There is only so much any western country can do when dealing with the middle east, the love of war and ridiculous ethnic and religious hatreds have been a curse to these people for centuries.

  • c.l. cake says:

    Like a great doctor with a poor “bedside manner”, he may lack tact, but gets the job done amazingly well! He’s not afraid to tell world leaders what’s on his mind, and I totally respect that!

  • chrisVN says:

    Obviously, they forgot to have it translated??

  • William Souther says:

    I feel, deep down, the Democrats HATE this move by Trump…because they know that in time…history will look upon it with great reverence. Everything Trump does that is the right thing…they cringe…but then go on TV and talk bad about…because, well, that’s just what the Dem’s do. They are a despicable lot.

  • Vincent says:

    A lot of people say Trump is not a nice guy. We all know nice guys finish last. Trump is a winner and the Demos hate that. Israel can teach Syria and Turkey lessons they will never forget. Let them do it.

  • MAGA says:

    I have to agree with President Trump about getting out of Syria and as much of the Middle East as possible. At the same time we have to keep them out of America as well if we want to avoid going back in. The two Muslim women in our Congress are a witness to what how bitter, ungrateful, and mean these folks can be. The other issue is what it has cost the American people in tax dollars (it is in the trillions) and we are borrowing from China, Japan, and anywhere else we can get the money to pay for these wars.

    • vincent mohindas says:

      .it ridiculous to keep harping about the crises in the Middle-east. What is happening in the region is the residue of Obama’s failure and in line with his support of the Muslim World including Turkey… a nation that vanquished the historic true people of the land-the Armenians.. Graham , could have voiced his deep concern when Obama and Hillary were doing all the mischief , but He dared not offend anyone in WH than . This President knows well, and He is RIGHT to let the people in that area fight for themselves…and this includes Afghanistan…A comment I post in my FB today.

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  • Stephen Russell says:

    Love the plain English in your face get it letter, awesome Hooray

  • Debbie says:

    The Dems acted like they were against these wars. Well the truth is coming out. They are for them and were for them all along. Or is it , they hate this president soooo much that they are willing to go against there base and there conscience on war and any good this president accomplishes for our country and the world?!?!

  • Nancy says:

    Nothing else has ever worked with the Middle East. They learn hatred and war from the time they are born. I think we should step back and see what happens with Trump’s methods. No matter what he does, the left will criticize it, and the leaders of the war machine in our Country will fight him.

  • Matt says:

    Turkey under Erdogan is seeking to recreate the Ottoman Empire. For our uneducated products of liberal education that includes not only the Middle East but Europe as well. The sides are already being drawn…Turkey versus Syria (and Iran and even Russia). Just hope the European members of NATO don’t get a bug up their a$$es to help Turkey.

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