Tuesday, May 16, 2017

President Trump Meets Turkish President Erdogan -- News Roundup

Washington Post: Trump, Erdogan commit to cooperation despite tensions over Syrian militias

President Trump on Tuesday pledged continued support for Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, highlighting the importance of the U.S.-Turkish alliance despite mounting tensions over Washington’s support for Kurdish rebels in Syria.

Speaking alongside Erdogan at the White House, Trump said Turkey and the United States would act together against extremist groups including the Islamic State. “Again, we seek to face this threat together,” he told reporters.

Trump welcomed Erdogan, fresh off a narrow electoral victory that granted him wide-ranging new powers, to Washington just a week after the Pentagon announced a plan to directly arm Kurdish militiamen in Syria for the first time.

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WNU Editor: This meeting could have ended badly .... but it did not. Both sides need each other .... despite the differences.

President Trump Meets Turkish President Erdogan -- News Roundup

Trump Praises Erdogan as Ally in Terrorism Fight, Brushing Aside Tensions -- NYT
U.S., Turkish leaders put best face on ties amid tensions -- Reuters
A distracted Trump greets Turkey’s Erdogan as both ignore nations’ strained relations -- Miami Herald
Despite sharp differences, Trump and Erdogan clasp hands after cozy meeting -- ABC News
Trump, Erdogan Avoid Discord Over Kurds in White House Talks -- VOA
Syria war: Turkey will never accept US alliance with Kurds - Erdogan -- BBC
Turkish Leader Calls Trump His 'Dear Friend,' Despite Decision To Arm Syrian Kurds -- NPR

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