Update (Oct. 17 5:40 am est.): President Trump sent a harsh letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday.
Trump warned the Turkish president doesn’t want to be responsible “for slaughtering thousands of people,” and that Trump – consequently, doesn’t “want to be responsible for destroying the Turkish economy,” adding, “and I will.”
On the day Erdogan received Trump’s letter, the Turkish military launched a cross-border assault against Kurdish-led forces.
Erdogan’s response to the letter, confirmed by BBC News Turkey (on Thursday morning), is that he “thoroughly rejected it, threw it in the bin.”
Middle-East eye confirms, reporting that Turkish officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that they responded to Trump’s letter in kind and with stronger language. “We just dumped his letter into the trash,” one of them said.