President Trump has said that he did not give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey a “green light” to invade Syria, saying he’d written a “very powerful letter” of warning in the days after announcing his decision to pull U.S. troops out of the area.
Here is the letter, courtesy of Fox Business (click to enlarge):
Full text of the letter:
Dear Mr. President:
“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.”