Published: Fri, October 18, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump's Letter to Erdogan Shows He is 'Deeply Unwell, Says Historian

Trump's Letter to Erdogan Shows He is 'Deeply Unwell, Says Historian

However Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan defied the sanctions, saying the only way its military offensive would end was if Syrian Kurdish fighters leave a designated border area.

The letter, obtained by Fox Business reporter Trish Regan, is dated October 9.

In northeast Syria, where Turkey is aiming to establish a "safe zone" to settle millions of Syrian refugees, Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies pressed ahead with their offensive, while Russia-backed Syrian troops moved on the city of Manbij after it was abandoned by USA forces. "And there are some that are irreversible", said Rubio, who was a Trump rival for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

On Wednesday, in talking about the Kurds, who have helped the United States fight the Islamic State (ISIS) and other terror factions, the president said, "The Kurds are safer right now... they are not angels, they are not angels".

Pelosi said Trump was shaken by an earlier House vote condemning his decision to pull troops from northern Syria, and called Trump's behavior "a meltdown".

Many criticized the decision because they believe it opened the door to the resurgence of ISIS, though others defended it as the best way avoid USA service members being caught in the crossfire between Turkish and Kurdish troops. "It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don't happen", Trump warned.

Clashes have continued across the region, with Kurdish fighters in the border town of Ras al-Ain burning tires in a bid to blind Ankara's warplanes and digging in against a ground offensive by Turkish-backed Syrian rebels.

"I told Trump: "You get very angry with the media from time to time". "They fought with us, but we paid a lot to make them fight with us, and that's okay". We've given them massive fortunes. The pullback is widely seen as giving Erdogan room to act on his long-held goal of attacking the Kurds who fought with the U.S. against ISIS.

Mr Erdogan also said he had "no problem" accepting an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Russia to discuss Syria.

He called on European and other members of the coalition fighting the IS in Syria to regroup as the U.S. appeared to abdicate its leadership role in the region. There should be little concern about the presence of US nuclear weapons in a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member's country, he added.

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