President Barack Obama walks along the Colonnade at the White House with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Dec. 7, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) December 7, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Politico: U.S. to Turkey: Back off
As anti-U.S. allegations swirl following a failed coup, skepticism about Turkey's reliability is hardening in the Obama administration and Congress.
The Obama administration has a message for Turkey: Tone it down.
A day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed frustration that Secretary of State John Kerry had yet to visit his country in the wake of a failed coup attempt, a State Department official said the U.S. is increasingly concerned about the language emanating from its longtime NATO ally.
Much of that language has been deeply anti-American, with Turkish media peddling allegations that the Obama administration was behind the coup attempt and even suggesting a Washington think tank had a role. Erdogan has, to some extent, fanned the flames, while simultaneously reaching out to U.S. rival Russia, which he visited Tuesday.
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Update: Obama tells Turkey’s Erdogan to BACK OFF over coup accusations (Express)
WNU Editor: Expect relations to get worse before they get better.