The "insane" letter Trump sent to Turkey's president failed to stop Syria offensive
Today, the public also got its first taste of a letter President Donald Trump sent to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
It is being described as "insane" by some who have read it.
Here is a transcript:
"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. I've already given you a little sample with respect to Pastor Brunson.
I have worked hard to solve some of your problems. Don't let the world down. You can make a great deal. General Mazloum is willing to negotiate with you, and he is willing to make concessions that they would never have made in the past. I am confidentially enclosing a copy of his letter to me, just received.
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. Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool!
I will call you later."
There's virtually no way Turkey's president isn't offended by this letter. Trump is supposed to be helping mediation efforts between the SDF and Turkey, not making them worse.
Also, look at the date on the letter, October 9th. That was the same day Turkey made an offensive into northern Syria. He tried to make a deal and couldn't. He failed yet he's not admitting it.
What's Edrogan saying today? He's not worried about American-imposed sanctions. Not at all. The threats Trump made in his letter have had no effect.
"Declare a ceasefire, they say. We will never declare a ceasefire," Erdogan said. "We do not sit at the table with terrorist organizations."
Perhaps one reason Erdogan isn't scared is because Trump has already told the world that he's not going to defend the Kurds and that "United States forces will no longer be in the immediate area."