Donald Trump is accommodating with Recep Tayyip Erdogan

After several weeks of tension over the Ankara offensive against Kurdish allies in northeastern Syria, the US president warmly welcomed his Turkish counterpart on Wednesday (November 13th).

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan received by Donald Trump at the White House in Washington on November 13th. EVAN VUCCI / AP

According to him, Recep Tayyip Erdogan played the factors on Wednesday, November 13, during a visit to the White House. The Turkish President assured during the press conference that closed his talks with Donald Trump that he had returned to his counterpart the letter that he had sent him a few weeks earlier to dissuade him from launching a military offensive. in northeastern Syria against the Kurdish allies of the United States.

"Do not play hard", "Do not be stupid"had written the President of the United States in a rather un-diplomatic style. Erdogan was unwavering, and Washington withdrew some of the special forces there in the fight against ISIS to prevent them from being caught in the crossfire.

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Vice President Mike Pence was then sent to Ankara for a truce. He had left after the conclusion of an agreement considered very satisfactory by the Turks, who consider 'Terrorists' the Kurds of Syria. "The negotiations have been very fruitful and the United States and Turkey have accomplished a great deal that day", congratulated the US president.

Criticism of European countries

A month later and despite strong criticism of Congress coming, once is not customary, Republican ranks as Democrats, Donald Trump has apparently held no rigor to his visitor for this coup. Returning to the agreement reached in Ankara, he assured that "The United States and Turkey have accomplished a great deal that day." "I am a big fan of the president", he said. The president of the United States even played the mediators by organizing a meeting between Recep Tayyip Erdogan and a group of five Republican senators.

Similarly, he was keen to diminish the tensions created by Turkey's decision to acquire a Russian air defense system, the S-400, which the Pentagon considers to be incompatible with the provision in Ankara of American F-35 combat aircraft. it "We have very serious problems, and we are constantly talking about it. We talked about it today », was content to assure Donald Trump, very evasive.

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Often repeating Erdogan's arguments to justify his October offensive, Trump also echoed his criticism of European countries, accused of abandoning Turkey with the burden of many millions of Syrian refugees.