Trump, Turkish president Erdogan to make statement amid shared intel at 1

Wednesday, 17 May, 2017

President Trump has made clear that his primary response to their suffering is to try to ban even the most vulnerable from being resettled here and to propose major cuts to USA -funded programs that support their most basic needs.

Given Giuliani's ties to the Turkish government, U.S. District Judge Berman has questioned whether his work with Zarrab would make the defendant less likely to pursue such options. And so you do not want to have a nasty meeting inside of the Oval Office about things that the United States has made secondary like the jailing of journalists, press freedoms or human rights issues.

It is this interest in warring with the YPG, and with Kurds as such, tha5t will be a big focus of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his upcoming visit to the United States, where he will express outrage at USA military support provided to the YPG to fight against ISIS, arguing that amounts to backing a terrorist group.

The White House meeting comes amid intense and complex global diplomacy over the war in Syria, where Turkey and the United States both support forces in opposition to President Bashar al-Assad's government.

Meanwhile, President Putin also announced on Monday that Moscow would maintain a working relationship with Kurdish forces in the fight against terrorists.

More than a year ago, during his testimony before a Senate panel at the U.S. Congress, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter was asked if the PYD was allied with or had substantial ties to the PKK - designated by the U.S., Europe, and Turkey as a terrorist group - he answered "Yes".

Erdogan was reported to be furious at Trump's decision last week to supply weapons to Kurdish militias known as the People's Protection Units, or YPG, that have taken a lead role in fighting Islamic State militants in Syria.

Trump and Erdogan both emphasized the positive.

"We support Turkey in the first fight against terror and terror groups like ISIS and the PKK, and ensure they have no safe quarter", Trump said. However, President Putin made clear that Russian Federation would not follow Washington's example to arm YPG.

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Trump's White House invitation to Erdogan is viewed by many as implicit approval for repressive and authoritarian leaders around the world and comes on the heels of Trump praising Erdogan for forcing through legislation granting him unchecked powers in his own country.

CORNISH: And that direction is the U.S.'s recent decision to arm the Kurds fighting in Syria. Erdogan looks the other way while the US arms YPG in Syria and in return the USA allows Turkey to strike PKK bases or headquarters in Kurdish sections of Iraq.

"These are areas where we can rebuild our relationship", Trump said.

Erdogan criticized the move before leaving Turkey, but in a more measured tone than his administration took last week when the news originally came out.

Mr Trump, after all, has had a history of going into meetings with adversaries only to leave as friends.

Ahmet S. Yayla, a George Mason University professor and former Turkish prosecutor, wrote in Modern Diplomacy this week that Erdogan wants the US case against Zarrab dropped because his government was involved in the scheme to help Iran circumvent sanctions. Erdogan blames Mr. Obama for being critical of his domestic politics, which he considers none of Washington's business, and insisted, to no avail, on the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan alleges masterminded a failed coup against him a year ago.

Any links between Giuliani, Mukasey and the "Muslim ban" executive orders are certain to aggravate Erdogan, whose country is 99 percent Muslim.

Doing so "could be a risk for our sources", said the official, who spoke on condition that neither he nor his country be identified, because he wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

"I think what we will tell the Turks is "Yes, we can do this, but let's focus on Mosul first".