I can understand why Trump might choose to congratulate him privately, as repulsive as it is to think of the president back-slapping a foreign leader on assuming dictatorial power. Foreign policy is a game of hardball and Turkey’s cooperation is useful to the United States in various ways. If preserving that cooperation requires making nice with the new caliph, that’s a tough but defensible calculation.
I can’t understand admitting publicly that you’ve congratulated him, though, especially when credible accusations of cheating by Erdogan’s allies are swirling. From the White House readout:HERE and follow links to related stories below:
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