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World 'A particularly inappropriate time': Trump welcomes Turkey's Erdogan despite Syria attack

01:58  14 november  2019
01:58  14 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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' A particularly inappropriate time ': Trump to welcome Erdogan despite Syria attack . Deirdre Shesgreen Courtney Subramanian Michael Collins. "This is nearly a 70-year alliance," the official said. "It has helped both of our countries through very, very dark times . We are not going to throw it

Today: President Trump said that he would withdraw U.S. troops from the Syrian border with But despite everything you just said, President Trump is clearly compelled by what Turkey ’ s president So does Erdogan have credibility when he makes an argument that Turkey can take care of all the

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump welcomed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House on Wednesday despite objections from lawmakers that the authoritarian leader  sows chaos in the Middle East.

As the House Intelligence Committee began public hearings on whether to impeach the president, Trump embraced another controversy weighing on his White House. 

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Trump welcomed Erdogan to Washington during an Oct. 6 telephone call, in which pundits state Trump "President Erdogan 's choice to attack northern Syria on October 9 has had sad ramifications for Rather, Trump will probably concentrate on exchange dealings and Turkey ' s acquisition of a

Trump defended his decision to invite Erdogan despite Turkey ’ s widely denounced advance into Syria . He said that he and Turkey ’ s president have been “very good friends” for a long time and understand each other’s country. “I understand the problems that they’ve had, including many people

"It's time for us not to be worried about other people's borders," Trump said, sitting next to Erdogan in the Oval Office. "I want to worry about our borders." 

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Trump said he envisioned a significant expansion of trade with Turkey. 

The meeting with Erdogan, in the works for weeks, allowed Trump to marshal some attention away from the impeachment hearings taking place on Capitol Hill, but it also renewed focus on an issue that has caused rebellion within his own party.  

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Despite the letter, Trump 's withdrawal of the US soldiers effectively gave Turkey a green light. "Given this situation, we believe that now is a particularly inappropriate time for President US President Donald Trump and Turkey ' s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan may no longer see eye to

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday welcomed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "Given this situation, we believe that now is a particularly inappropriate time for President Erdogan to visit the United States How Turkey ’ s Erdogan Portrayed Syria Offensive as a Pan-Islam Struggle.

"I share my colleagues' uneasiness at seeing President Erdogan honored at the White House," Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday. "But I urge this body to remain clear-eyed about our nation's vital interests in the Middle East and the fact that advancing them will mean strengthening our relationship with this NATO ally."

The Trump-Erdogan meeting, which will include a joint news conference, could be a political hornet's nest, provoking fresh bipartisan anger over Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria in what many lawmakers saw as a betrayal of the Kurdish forces that helped American troops fight the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump sitting on a bench in a suit and tie: President Donald Trump meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) ORG XMIT: DCEV116 © Evan Vucci, AP President Donald Trump meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) ORG XMIT: DCEV116

Trump invited Erdogan to Washington during the phone call Oct. 6. 

Lawmakers in both parties questioned Trump's ties with Erdogan. More than a dozen members of Congress called on Trump to rescind his invitation to Erdogan, saying the Turkish leader's actions should not be rewarded with a high-profile White House visit. 

To ease those concerns, Trump invited a group of Republican senators to meet with Erdogan. Reporters whisked into the Oval Office to briefly witness the meeting saw Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Jim Risch, R-Idaho; Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Rick Scott, R-Fla.; and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, sitting with the two leaders.

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The topic that neither Trump nor his Turkish counterpart wants to bring up. Since the start of the Turkish military’ s offensive in northern Syria , Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Yet despite the Turkish government’ s insistence that a military operation was needed to stop terrorism and

"The purpose of this meeting is to have an American civics lesson for our friends in Turkey," said Graham, who has been highly critical of Erdogan and Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria. "And there’s a pony in there somewhere if we can find it.”

Trump will have to perform a "high-wire act," trying to calm lawmakers in Congress outraged over his dealings with Erdogan while trying not to alienate the Turkish leader and NATO ally, said Bulent Aliriza, director of the Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington foreign policy institute. 

Trump is "in danger of offending both sides, or at the very least pleasing neither," he said. 

Trump has described Erdogan as a "gentleman" and "tough cookie" and said "we get along great." Like Trump, Erdogan has said he is opposed by "deep state" elements within his country. 

Erdogan's visit comes amid reports of clashes in Syria – and questions about whether Turkish-backed forces have engaged in ethnic cleansing and other atrocities. Turkey's assault, along with the U.S. withdrawal from northeastern Syria, has prompted more than 180,000 civilians to flee the border areas, according to the United Nations. 

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Trump and Erdogan have good chemistry and the US president often seems to get along better with foreign strongmen than traditional US allies in places "Given this situation, we believe that now is a particularly inappropriate time for President Erdogan to visit the United States, and we urge you to

Trump ’s reticence to impose sanctions on Turkey has signaled to Erdogan that he can rely on the US That would present a particularly acute challenge for the Pentagon, the committee staffer said, adding After Turkey ' s ongoing incursion into Syria prompted the House of Representatives to pass

Although the United States brokered a cease-fire between Turkey and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, it's not clear how well that is holding. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, fighting has continued this week between the SDF and forces loyal to Turkey. Russian and Syrian government troops have moved in to fill the power vacuum left by the U.S. withdrawal.

“The cease-fire is holding very well,” Trump said in the Oval Office. 

Trump will probably focus on trade negotiations and Turkey's purchase of a Russian-made missile system, the S-400. Turkey received delivery of the Russian weapons system this year, despite stern U.S. warnings against such a move.

The White House responded by canceling Turkey's participation in the Pentagon's elite Joint Strike Fighter program, saying the S-400 system could be used to collect sensitive data on the F-35 jet fighter program, making Turkey's participation "impossible."

Trump is under pressure to impose stiff sanctions on Turkey for the S-400 purchase, as well as for its Syria attack. The House approved a biting sanctions bill last month aimed at crippling Turkey's economy and punishing Erdogan personally by requiring an assessment of his net worth.

"We'll be talking about it," Trump said of the weapons purchase.  

Contributing: John Fritze, David Jackson

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'A particularly inappropriate time': Trump welcomes Turkey's Erdogan despite Syria attack

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