‘Don’t be a challenging guy’: Trump warned Turkey’s Erdogan more than military action in Syria | US News


Donald Trump warned Turkey’s president “never be a challenging guy” in a letter urging him to halt a military offensive in northeast Syria.

The US president told Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he wanted to “operate out a fantastic deal” and that the Turkish leader was at danger of getting viewed in history as “the devil”.

In the letter dated 9 October, Mr Trump wrote: “You never want to be accountable for slaughtering thousands of people today, and I never want to be accountable for destroying the Turkish economy – and I will.”

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Turkey, Syria and Russia can play for ‘a lot of sand’

He added: “I have worked really hard to resolve some of your troubles. Do not let the planet down. You can make a excellent deal.

“History will appear upon you favourably if you get this completed the correct and humane way.

“It will appear upon you forever as the devil if fantastic factors never occur.

“Do not be a challenging guy. Do not be a fool! I will contact you later.”

A senior administration official has confirmed to Sky News that the letter is genuine.

Mr Trump is battling to manage the political harm following his choice to pull US troops out of northern Syria, clearing the way for the Turkish incursion against the Kurds – America’s former allies.

A Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighter fires a weapon in the town of Tal Abyad
A Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighter fires a weapon in the town of Tal Abyad

The president has insisted the move was “strategically brilliant” following facing criticism for abandoning Kurdish fighters who helped the US defeat Islamic State militants in the area.

Senior Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer walked out of a White Home briefing on the predicament on Wednesday following accusing Mr Trump of throwing insults at them.

Ms Pelosi – who was allegedly known as a “third-price politician” by the president – claimed he appeared visibly “shaken up” following the Home of Representatives passed a bipartisan condemnation of his choice to withdraw US troops from northern Syria.

Speaking at the White Home on Wednesday, Mr Trump stated the Kurds had been “not angels” and it may well be required for Russian-backed Syria and Turkey to “fight it out”.

“Our soldiers are not in harm’s way – as they should not be, as two nations fight more than land that has practically nothing to do with us,” the president stated.

“Syria may perhaps have some assist with Russia, and that is fine. It is a lot of sand.

“So you have Syria and you have Turkey. They are going to argue it out, possibly they are going to fight it out. But our males are not going to get killed more than it.”

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A US delegation which includes Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are travelling to Turkey to speak to Mr Erdogan.

But the Turkish president told Sky News he would not get the US officials, and would only speak to Mr Trump. He later stated he would meet the American delegation.

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America’s hasty exit from Syria has developed a land rush amongst Turkey and Russia – now the undisputed foreign powers in the location – to partition the formerly US-protected Kurdish location.

Hundreds of IS prisoners have escaped throughout Turkey’s military offensive.

Syrian troops accompanied by Russian forces have entered Kobani, a strategically critical border city and a possible flashpoint for a wider conflict, according to the UK-primarily based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the Syrian war.


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