President Donald Trump on Thursday said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is “getting very high marks,” despite his increasingly autocratic behavior.
“It’s a great honor and privilege — because he’s become a friend of mine — to introduce President Erdogan of Turkey,” Trump told reporters. “He’s running a very difficult part of the world. He’s involved very, very strongly and, frankly, he’s getting very high marks.”
Erdogan, who spoke through a translator ahead of his meeting with Trump at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, echoed Trump’s sentiment, calling the American president “my dear friend, Donald.”
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In the morning, President Trump heads back to the New York Palace Hotel where he will meet – separately – with the leaders of Afghanistan, Ukraine, and South Korea.
The president will also have a working lunch and meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister and then meet with the president of Turkey.
He then heads to the Wall Street Heliport where Marine One will take him back to his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.
President Donald Trump spoke with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Friday to discuss the ongoing feud between Qatar and several Arab states, a conflict that some are calling the worst Gulf Arab crisis in years.
Trump and Erdogan talked by phone to discuss how to resolve the dispute “while ensuring all countries work together to stop terrorist funding and to combat extremist ideology,” the White House said in a statement.
Turkey has been a supporter of Qatar, whose ties with some of its Gulf and Arab neighbors were severed after Qatar was accused of funding terrorism and fomenting regional instability. Qatar denies the accusations. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut ties with Qatar.
–Voice of America
In the morning, President Trump will speak to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.
He will then welcome President Moon of the Republic of Korea, meet with him, and then give joint statements with him.
In the afternoon, the President and First Lady Melania Trump will depart the White House for Joint Base Andrews, en route to Bedminster, New Jersey for the weekend. Presumably, Baron will join them.
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”
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