"Don't be silly," President Donald Trump warned his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a letter sent the day Turkey launched its raid against Kurds in northern Syria, alerting him that he was at risk of History will call it "demon."
Three days after he apparently gave the green light to the invasion by withdrawing the US military from the Kurdish-dominated region, Trump told Erdogan that he would ruin Ankara's economy if the invasion went too far.
Trump, in the White House, received the president of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, on Wednesday. ANSA / QUIRINALE PALACE PRESS OFFICE / FRANCESCO AMMENDOLARELATED
In the letter dated October 9, whose authenticity was confirmed by the White House to the AFP, and lacks any diplomatic subtlety, Trump says: "You don't want to be responsible for the killing of thousands of people, and you don't want to be responsible. of the destruction of the Turkish economy, and I will. "
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"History will see you favorably if you do this well and in a humane way," Trump said. "He will always see you as a demon if good things don't happen."
And he adds that a "big deal" is possible if he negotiates with Mazloum Abdi, head of the Syrian Democratic Forces, led by the Kurds, whom Turkey has described as "terrorist" for his ties with the Kurdistan Workers Party militants (PKK) in Turkey.
"Don't be a tough guy. Don't be silly," and he ends up adding, "I'll call you later."