Back in October, Mr. Trump wrote a letter to Turkish president Erdogan telling him “It will look upon you as the devil if good things don’t happen. Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool.”
Trump wrote in his letter:
‘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.’
On Thursday, it was reported that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned that letter to Trump during an Oval Office meeting on Wednesday. Turkish media has painted it as a victory over Trump has reported that Mr. Trump had no reaction to Erdogan’s return of the poorly written letter.
According to MSN News:
‘A headline in Sabah Daily, a pro-government media outlet, said that international media were reporting that Erdogan returned the “scandalous” letter to Trump and the American president was “silent.”
‘The Turkish president was careful not to push his criticism of Trump too far during a briefing with reporters following the two leaders’ summit, but he did use his platform to attack his detractors in the U.S. Congress.’
Turkey’s Hurriet Daily quoted Erdogan talking about Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), saying:
‘I told him what we needed, he learned his lesson.’
Graham was one of the five senators who were invited into the Oval Office meeting with Erdogan and he pushed back against the idea that U.S. Kurdish allies in Syria are terrorists.
Trump’s letter to Erdogan, which was written in a very childish and unprofessional manner, was mocked as offensive and undiplomatic at the time.
MSN News reported:
‘Erdogan’s statement that he had returned the letter to Trump contradicted earlier reports that the Turkish leader had thrown the correspondence in the garbage upon receipt.
‘Aykan Erdemir, a senior fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former member of the Turkish parliament, said Erdogan’s remarks are meant to send a message in Turkey.’
‘Erdogan really is a very cunning politician, so he is speaking in a way, when translated into English let’s say harmless comments. But when his loyalists listen in Turkish, in Turkey, they can be interpreted as Erdogan dominating Trump, or even insulting Trump.’
Erdogan also showed a video in the Oval Office, that has been deemed by Republican senators as “propaganda” which attempted to tie Kurdish forces in Syria with terrorist actions by Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK). Trump, though, was reportedly impressed by the video.
Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) said:
‘It was very much a propaganda video.’
According to MSN:
‘The five GOP Senators who took part in the Oval Office meeting all have expressed strong criticism over Turkey’s recent actions. Erdogan told reporters that Trump was giving him the opportunity to “convince” the senators of Turkey’s position and for Erdogan to “make them comfortable.”‘
Erdogan has also accused U.S. House and Senate leaders of trying to harm relations between him and Trump because of the passing of a resolution recognizing Armenian genocide, and calling for sanctions on Turkey over its Syria offensive.
Erdemir, the former Turkish parliamentarian said:
‘They basically are tying all Congress members who are critical of Erdogan as terrorism supporters, as well as those who are opposed to Trump.’
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