Trump, Who Abandoned The Kurds To Turkey, Will Welcome Turkey’s Dictator To WH
Although Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to call off this week’s planned visit to Washington to protest recent congressional votes against the country, he’s coming after all, and President Trump seems to be the only one rolling out the welcome mat for him, according to The Washington Post.
“Just had a very good call with President @RTErodgan….Look forward to seeing President Erdogan next Wednesday, November 13th at the @WhiteHouse!” President Trump tweeted in hopeful consolation after a House resolution condemned and formally recognized the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as an act of genocide last century.
Yet both sides of the political aisle would have cheered a cancellation, as Erdogan’s war wages domestically and abroad. His security detail has also expressed violent attitudes on previous visits to the U.S.
During President Erdogan’s last visit in 2017, a video outside the ambassador’s residence at Sheridan Circle showed his bodyguards actively ignoring police commands as they beat peaceful protesters.
Indictments were brought against as many as 15 Turkish guards, but most were later dropped.
In Turkey, Mr. Erdogan has jailed hundreds of journalists, academics, and others he perceived to be political opponents while purging thousands from their jobs. His military offensive into northeastern Syria, greenlighted by President Trump, has led to a humanitarian crisis. Some say this is an ethnic cleansing of Kurds, an influential U.S. ally in the fight against the Islamic State.