Trump urged to prod Erdogan on human rights

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Giuliani's law firm is registered as a foreign agent for Turkey and Giuliani also has close ties with U.S. President Donald Trump, having advised Trump during his campaign previous year. That partnership is vital to US interests in the volatile Middle East.

President Erdogan is also expected to ask release of Reza Zarrab, the Turkish-Iranian businessman, and Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the deputy general manager of the Turkish state owned Halk Bank, who are both on trial in the USA for violating sanctions on Iran.

Erdogan's visit on Tuesday is his first meeting with Trump since the latter assumed office. You know, President Erdogan will go home tomorrow on his airplane basically after the meeting with Trump, and then he will hold a gaggle on the plane with sort of self-selected journalists. Turkey didn't succeed at extradition under the Obama administration and the Trump administration official involved in preparations for Erdogan's visit said he knew of no US plans to do so now. The job was so tightly aligned with Turkish government interests that Flynn was widely criticized for failing to disclose his entanglements.

Erdogan's strategic aims are misguided.

President Trump can sympathize.

"Everyone has a price in Trump's world, including the president himself", program director David Phillips said in a phone interview. "I actually see this US visit as a new beginning in our ties".

Trump and Erdogan each gave remarks before they went into a private lunch, but details about their discussions were not immediately available.During a almost 10-minute speech standing beside Trump in the Roosevelt Room, Erdogan did not mention schools, but he did bring up Gulen, who he is trying to extradite for allegedly orchestrating a failed coup attempt last July.

Turkey has leverage of its own, not least being the importance of its Incirlik air base, which hosts about 1,500 US troops and is used for air strikes against the Islamic State by the USA and its allies.

As Sen. John McCain said earlier this year, if Turkish-Kurdish tensions get out of hand, the result will be a "train wreck" in Syria. Erdogan, for his part, signaled he's willing to look the other way on Trump's apparent anti-Muslim measures.

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But Gulen is the power behind a sprawling web of schools and cultural centers around which the USA government could theoretically find ways to quietly tighten the noose. On May 16, Trump and Erdogan will meet for the first time at the White House.

"We are going to sit down with him". Phillips asked, referring to Washington's lobbying hub.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks on May 14, 2017, during the Belt and Road Forum at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, China.

"It's not because of Iran sanctions", he said. Erdogan called it a "mistake". If Zarrab enters into a plea deal, his cooperation with the USA government could lay such connections bare. So why is the pro-Erdoğan media dropping hints that Turkey could cut its ties with the U.S.in an instant? He has written four books on Iraq's recent history-The Rise of Islamic State: ISIS and the Sunni Revolution, Muqtada al-Sadr and the Fall of Iraq, The Occupation, and Saddam Hussein: An American Obsession (with Andrew Cockburn)-as well as a memoir, The Broken Boy and, with his son, a book on schizophrenia, Henry's Demons, which was shortlisted for a Costa Award.

Berman noted that the language makes it sound as though Giuliani's legal work for his client "would, by the way, work to Mr. Zarrab's benefit".

But the meeting will take place with a White House still responding to what a senior US official said was disclosure of classified information about an Islamic State terror threat involving laptop computers on aircraft.

CORNISH: The thing we should also note is that the kind of global attention on Erdogan and how he has been operating in the country has shifted (laughter) - a little less celebrated. In response to what Ankara views as a discriminatory policy, Erdogan threatened to remove Trump's name from his tower in Istanbul. However, President Putin made clear that Russian Federation would not follow Washington's example to arm YPG. "Our fight is against ISIS", Trump told reporters in response to a question about whether he had revealed classified information in a May 10 Oval Office meeting with top Russian officials.

"I don't think it would even have crossed the president's mind". "This shows he really wants to have a good start with Trump".

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