President Donald Trump praised Turkish President Recip Erdogan with 'high marks' as the international community condemned the Turkish leader for his crackdown on political dissent according to Bloomberg.
Trump said it was “a great honor” to host Erdogan Thursday for a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. He said that the Turkish president "is becoming a friend of mine" and that “he is running a very difficult part of the world.” "Frankly he’s getting very high marks,” Trump said, sparing Erdogan any public admonition over international concerns about election violations and human-rights abuses. "He’s also been working with the United States,” Trump said. "We have a great friendship and the countries -- I think we’re right now as close as we’ve ever been.” Trump added that "a lot of that has to do with a personal relationship."