US President Donald Trump sent a letter to Turkish President Recep Erdogan on October 9, warning him: "Don't play tough. Don't be foolish!" Trump also said that history "will remember you favorably if you do it in the right and human way," in reference to Turkey's response to the withdrawal of US troops from Syria.
A copy of the message, which was reported to have been sent during the start of the Turkish military offensive against northeastern Syria, was obtained on Wednesday (16) by journalist Trish Regan, anchor of Fox Business. The letter's veracity has been confirmed to the US press by the White House, which seeks to control political damage following the US government's decision to withdraw its forces from northern Syria.
"Let's make a good deal!" Says Trump at the beginning of the message. "You don't want to be responsible for massacring thousands of people, and I don't want to be responsible for destroying Turkey's economy – which I will do."
"I've worked hard to solve some of your problems. Don't disappoint the world. You can make a big deal. General Mazloum is willing to negotiate with you, and is willing to make concessions that they have never made in the past. copy of his letter to me, I just received ", continues.
"History will remember you favorably if you do it the right and human way. History will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don't happen. Don't play tough. Don't be foolish!"