Tue, May 16, 2017: Trump meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday his country would not accept Syrian Kurdish fighters in the region but stopped short of directly criticizing a U.S. decision to arm them.

At a White House meeting, Trump lauded Erdogan as an important ally in the “fight against terrorism” and did not mention Erdogan’s domestic crackdown after last year’s failed coup attempt.

“We’ve had a great relationship and we will make it even better,” Trump said in their joint appearance. Continue reading “Tue, May 16, 2017: Trump meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan”

Tue, May 16, 2017: Trump calls Jordan’s King Abdullah II ahead of Mideast trip

President Trump spoke Tuesday night with King Abdullah II of Jordan, as he works to strengthen relationships with leaders of Muslim countries ahead of his visit this week to the Middle East.

In the phone call, Mr. Trump and King Abdullah reaffirmed the importance of cooperation between their countries, the effort to end the civil war in Syria and the shared fight against the Islamic State, said the White House.

The discussion mirrored the message Mr. Trump will take Friday to Saudi Arabia, where he’ll meet with a group of leaders from Muslim countries and urge them to take a larger role in confronting radical Islamic terrorism.

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Tue, May 16, 2017: Trump hosts Turkish president at WH

9:30 am: Speaks with King Abdullah II of Jordan by telephone

12:30 pm: Meets with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey

1:00 pm: Delivers a joint statement with Erdogan; Roosevelt Room

1:15 pm: Working lunch with Erdogan

12:30 pm: Meets with Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price and Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney