Right around the time of the 2016 election, comedian Anthony Atamanuik became one of the country’s preeminent Donald Trump impersonators. The comedians impression of the commander of chief was so strong, in fact, that he landed a show on Comedy Central.
On Wednesday afternoon, Fox Business host Trish Regan shared a letter that Trump had written to Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The letter was immediately mocked for it’s lack of presidential polish. Atamanuik posted a video on Twitter of him reading the letter in Trump’s voice.
The letter and impression begins on a positive note with Trump urging, “Let’s work out a good deal!” But that immediately leads to a threat, “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.”
— Anthony Atamanuik (@TonyAtamanuik) October 16, 2019
Trump also notes that he is trying to work with the Turkish government. “I have worked hard to solve some of your problems,” he wrote. “Don’t let the world down. You can make a great deal. General Mazloum is willing to negotiate with you, and he is willing to make concessions that they would never have made in the past.”
The President closes the letter with another threat, “History will look upon you favorably 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!”
The letter reportedly not have much of an effect on Erdogan’s plans. The BBC reports that the Turkish leader threw Trump’s letter in the trash.
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