Turkey's Erdogan Threw Trump's Letter in the Trash, President's Plea Against Syria Offensive Was 'Thoroughly Rejected': Report

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tossed a letter from Trump threatening to destroy the country's economy in the trash, it has been reported.

Sources close to the Turkish leader told BBC News that Erdogan "thoroughly rejected" the letter dated last Wednesday and chucked it away "in the bin."

A scan of President Trump's letter to Erdogan was tweeted by The New York Times White House correspondent Katie Rogers yesterday, revealing that the commander-in-chief had threatened to destroy the Turkish economy if the country was "responsible for slaughtering thousands of people" during its invasion of northeastern Syria.

The letter was sent days after Trump pulled U.S. troops from the Kurdish controlled region, a move that led to a Turkish invasion of the region and put strain on Kurdish forces trying to hold onto prisoners from the Islamic State militant group.

"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," the letter began.

It later continued: "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. Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool!"

Felt the need to ask WH if this is actually real and it is. pic.twitter.com/bHyIFw6cvO

— Katie Rogers (@katierogers) October 16, 2019

Speaking to BBC News, Turkish presidential sources said: "President Erdogan received the letter, thoroughly rejected it and put it in the bin."

President Trump decided to withdraw U.S. troops from Kurdish-controlled Syria after a phone call with Erdogan on Sunday, October 6.

Newsweek reported that Trump was "rolled" on the call, according to a National Security Council source, who also accused the president of having "no spin."

Turkey launched its invasion of Kurdish-controlled Syria last Wednesday, just days after the call, and hit Kurds with airstrikes and a ground offensive that have reportedly led to civilian deaths and ISIS prisoner escapes.

Kurdish forces now have a deal with the Syrian regime and Russia as they seek to protect their territory with the help of better equipped forces.

The abandonment of U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in Syria has been widely criticised in Washington D.C. by both Democrats and Republicans. In a vote on a joint resolution condemning the president's decision, more than 120 Republicans voted with Democrats to back the motion in a 354-60 vote in favour of the motion.

Voting against the decision in the House yesterday followed earlier criticisms from top Republican senators, including Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

But it is not clear that public opinion is entirely in-line with condemnation of Trump's decision from politicians on Capitol Hill. A CBS News/YouGov poll found that 24 percent of Americans approved of his move while 34 percent disapproved and 41 percent said they hadn't heard enough on the issue to decide.