Ragip Soylu confirmed this in his own report:In response, Turkish presidential sources told BBC Turkish: “President Erdogan received the letter, thoroughly rejected it and put it in the bin.”
Trump’s letter was embarrassing and bizarre, and the Turkish government took it as an insult. The Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davotoglu responded to it publicly:Turkish officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Middle East Eye 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.
“The date on the letter is 9 October, the same day we began Operation Peace Spring. Our president gave the best response by launching the operation on the same day at 4pm,” the official told MEE.
The president seems to have been the only one who didn’t realize that the letter would be taken as an insult and discarded. The U.S. would have already had a hard time persuading Turkey to agree to a ceasefire if there had been no letter. Now that the letter is public knowledge, Erdogan has another reason to ignore the Trump administration’s demands. The letter is the sort of thing that one would normally expect to be leaked by someone hostile to the president. In this case, the president was eager for people to know about it in the belief that it would make him look good and “tough.” He was passing out copies of it at the same meeting where he blew up at the Democratic leadership:“The Turkish nation and state were offended,” he tweeted.
Fuck 'imI'm loving how the WH is now trying to distance itself from the Mulvaney press conference.
Annnnnnnnnnnnd now Rick Perry is caught in deep with the Ukraine web. No wonder he was saying he was going to drop out of politics just about a week ago.