Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s aides made a point of telling U.S. media that Erdogan threw Donald Trump controversial letter to him into the trash and promised to take actions against the United States for the disrespectful content. In the meantime, the Turks are promising to “crush the heads” of the Kurds if they do not withdraw entirely from border areas. Erdogan himself said “we have not forgotten” the letter or its insulting tone.
Trump’s letter has shocked the world for over its content. He tells Erdogan “Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool!” He also says that he will ruin Turkey’s economy if he does not comply.
The Turks were enraged and promised that they “will not forget this lack of respect. This is not a priority for us. But when the time comes we would like it to be known that we will take the necessary steps.”
Trump is still portraying his moves with Turkey as a master stroke of diplomacy and even said that the Kurds, who has lost hundreds of fighters, are delighted with what he has done. Even top Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have condemned the moves in Syria.
While Trump again describes Erdogan as his close friend, Erdogan is promising to pay him back for the insulting letter and is now heading to the Russian resort city of Sochi on Tuesday to meet with President Vladimir Putin.