The letter President Donald Trump wrote to Turkey’s president — much derided on social media as juvenile in its language and structure — went straight into the foreign leader’s trash bin, according to the BBC.
In the communication, Trump wrote to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool!” The BBC reported that Trump’s “mixture of threats and locker-room banter infuriated” Erdogan.
“President Erdogan received the letter, thoroughly rejected it and put it in the bin,” Turkish officials told the news outlet.
“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,” Trump had written.
“History will look upon you favourably 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.”
He ended the letter saying, “I will call you.”
The BBC noted that Erdogan launched his offensive in Syria the same day he received Trump’s letter, suggesting that it “could be proof there was no Trumpian green light” on the operation, as the president’s U.S. critics have maintained.