Trump, Erdogan vow to fix US-Turkish relationship amid existing differences

Trump, Erdogan vow to fix US-Turkish relationship amid existing differences

Turkey has been pressuring the U.S.to drop support for the militants and doesn't want them spearheading an operation to retake IS' self-declared capital of Raqqa.

Turkey says the YPG is linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) inside Turkey, which has waged an armed campaign since 1984 that has killed more than 40,000 people.

In a reflection of those mixed sentiments, Erdogan heaped praise on his host - saying Trump had presided over a "legendary triumph" following last year's elections - but reiterated his objections to the USA partnership with the YPG.

Ankara remains angry that the United States continues to host the cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former ally who chose exile in Pennsylvania and who Mr Erdogan is convinced masterminded last year's bloody attempted coup in his homeland.

Erdogan also made reference to another of the issues creating friction in U.S.

The Turkish government has also raised concerns about a USA criminal case against Reza Zarrab, a dual Turkish-Iranian national, arrested a year ago and charged with helping Iran process millions of dollar in transactions that violated US sanctions against Tehran.

Complicating that effort, however, was an announcement by the Trump administration that it plans to arm Kurdish Syrian fighters in the fight against the Islamic State group.

To supply weapons to Kurdish units in Syria is "unacceptable", Turkey's deputy prime minister said in a TV interview.

"I don't believe that after the Trump and Erdogan meeting the United States policy will change", Omer said.

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On Thursday Trump said he would have fired Comey regardless of any such recommendations. "He's a showboat, he's a grandstander". Comey, he added, "enjoyed broad support within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and still does to this day".

Trump acknowledged Turkish concerns about the PKK, or the Kurdistan Workers' Party, a group both the US and Turkey regard as a terrorist organization having fought an insurgency in southeastern Turkey since 1984.

"This decision was probably necessary if the coalition to defeat the Islamic State was to take Raqqa without huge numbers of USA troops being directly involved", former top Pentagon Middle East policy official Andrew Exum told The New York Times in the wake of the decision.

In addition to attacking US allies, Turkish officials condemned Washington.

In his statement, Mr Erdogan congratulated M Trump on his presidential election victory.

Trump greeted Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the entrance to the West Wing with a handshake and small talk out of range of reporters.

Turkey takes into consideration joint steps it can take with the USA in Syria and Iraq.

The demonstration comes as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Trump in the White House.

In spite of their support from the USA, the YPG along with their Turkish ally the PKK profess a leftist revolutionary ideology inspired by Abdullah Ocalan, who is now in Turkish prison. The Turkish leader's name is pronounced "AIR-doh-ahn", but Trump repeatedly said "Er-duh-GON".

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