Trump’s letter to Turkish president is so ridiculous people didn’t believe it was real

Trump’s letter to Turkish president is so ridiculous people didn’t believe it was real

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By Nicole Gallucci

It’s an especially concerning day to be living in Donald Trump’s America.

Shortly after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stood outside the White House this afternoon and literally said that Trump “had a meltdown” and canceled an “all-Member classified briefing” on the dangerous situation he’s caused in Syria, Fox Business anchor Trish Regan tweeted a copy of what she said was a letter from Trump to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In the letter, dated Oct. 9, Trump asks Erdogan to “work out a good deal,” warns him not to “be a tough guy,” and says that history will forever look upon him as “the devil” if he is “responsible for slaughtering thousands. Trump ends the letter by saying, “I will call you later.”

The language in the letter was so bizarre, informal, and unhinged that upon seeing it on social media, many questioned whether it was actually real.

Though there’s a great deal of doubt online, New York Times White House Correspondent Katie Rogers and others have confirmed the letter’s authenticity.

While members of Congress and Pelosi publicly and repeatedly voiced concern over the president’s erratic behavior, much of Twitter was stunned by the unusual letter’s existence. 

It’s one thing to read yet another of the president’s middle of the night tweet-rants, but seeing the exclamation points and non sequiturs laid out on official White House letterhead is quite another.

i am not saying it does not sound like trumps typical third grade level ranting

i am asking if all official correspondence comes out of the office of the president without at least one adult reading it over before putting a fuckin stamp on the envelope and dropping it in the post

— darth™ (@darth) October 16, 2019

So the letter is dated October 9, which is days after the phone call where he gives the greenlight. Then he tweets about destroying the economy as the backlash builds, and this appears to be an attempt to save face/get a re-do on the call.

— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 16, 2019

Did Cousin Greg write this letter.

— Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) October 16, 2019

This is a letter that the President of the United States sent, in real life, and it really makes you think about all the letters we haven’t seen

— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) October 16, 2019

Yes, the letter is real. And, no, it did not have any impact on Erdogan. He still invaded Syria. He’s still going after US allies that fought against ISIS. There’s still a rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis. And it all began because of Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops.

— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) October 16, 2019

Meanwhile, Trump tweeted a graphic of his approval ratings from inside the White House as though nothing is wrong.

Everything is not fine.

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