After President Trump pulled the United States military presence out of Northern Syria, the Turkish military immediately invaded the region and began to slaughter the Kurdish forces who remained. They subsequently released ISIS forces who were being held captive in Kurdish prisons, potentially allowing for the revival of the notorious terror group.
Trump was wrong to take such drastic actions, critics are claiming; but the president is fighting back.
On Wednesday, the White House released the letter that President Trump reportedly sent to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan which cautioned him against taking any actions in Northern Syria.
The scathing letter, Trump argues, shows his commitment to regional allies and those around the world who are claiming he is not doing enough to stop the Turkish advance.
The Western Journal reports the letter is “so intense people thought it wasn’t real'” and “so explosive, in fact, that Twitter’s banks overflowed with declarations that the letter simply had to be a fake.”
“No president would write something like this to another world leader,” the report added.
“Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool!” Trump reportedly said in the letter.
EXCLUSIVE: I have obtained a copy of @realDonaldTrump’s letter to #Erdogan. @POTUS warns him to not “be a tough guy! Don’t be a fool!” Says he could destroy Turkey’s economy if #Syria is not resolved in a humane way. Details tonight at 8pm #TrishRegan #FoxBusiness pic.twitter.com/9BoSGlbRyt
— Trish Regan (@trish_regan) October 16, 2019
The Western Journal reports the letter is a depiction of the gun-slinging Wild West, where Trump plays a cowboy hell-bent on standing up to a defiant Turkish government:
Trump’s incredible letter shows two things.
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First, the president fully intends to continue engaging the world in such a way that despots are deincentivized from needlessly shedding blood, but he won’t necessarily risk American blood to do so.
Second, the president is following in the footsteps of Ronald Reagan. Trump’s letter is a cowboy letter, in some ways channeling Val Kilmer’s Doc Holliday.
Holliday wasn’t just a cowboy. He was smart, cunning, confident and cocky — a description that fits Trump well. Holliday was fond of telling those who wanted to fight him, “I’m your huckleberry,” signalling that if they wanted to play for blood, he was willing to take them on.
Reagan was doubtless a cowboy. The Iranians acknowledged that on his first inauguration day. Trump is a cowboy too, a sort of Doc Holliday 2.0. And Turkey’s Racep Erdogan is learning the hard way that Trump is, and always will be, the bad guys’ huckleberry.