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Donald Trump’s leaked letter to Turkish Prez Erdogan, says Don?t be a tough guy. Don?t be a fool

Donald Trump’s leaked letter to Turkish Prez Erdogan, says Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool

US President Donald Trump in a letter to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan vows to destroy Turkish economy , if the latter does not stop incursion into Syria. This leaked letter drew attention of the people over its diplomatically wrong language.

Oct 17, 2019 12:39 IST

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US President Donald Trump warns Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to not to be a “tough guy” or “fool” over the latter’s move to launch incursion into Northeast Syria. Trump made the statement in a White House letter addressed to Erdogan which was sent to him on October 9, 2019, the day Turkey invaded the Northeast Syria. It was written just three days following the Trump’s order to withdraw US troops from northern Syria.

The letter, revealed by Fox Business’s Trish Regan, drew attention for its blunt and undiplomatic language. The letter begins with “Let’s work out a good deal!”, seeming that President Trump is trying to convince Erdogan to make a deal with Kurds and stop invasion into Northeast Syria.

The letter goes on to the extent of Trump warning Erdogan that he would destroy Turkey’s economy, if the Syria issue is not resolved in a “humane way”. Trump urges him, “Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool!” Have a look at the letter below:

Trump's letter to Erdogan

If the language is kept aside, the letter, overall, seems to convince Erdogan anyhow to call off the incursion of north Syria and not to attack the Kurds, the NATO’s strongest ally in the fight against ISIS. He even goes onto the extent of saying that “You don’t want to be responsible for slaughtering thousands of people”. President Trump ended the letter by saying that he will call Erdogan Later.

Reactions on the letter

The letter has amazed the readers with some questioning its authenticity and some calling it a joke. Democratic congressman Mike Quigley commented on the language of the letter saying that it is “ignorance” at the highest level.


The letter comes in the backdrop of US decision to pull its troops out of Syria. It was just days after the announcement that Turkey began invasion of Northeast Syria, the area held by US ally Kurds. Post this, the US imposed sanctions on Turkey, penalising it for invasion.

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