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White House Won't Say What Trump Told Turkey's Erdogan

White House Won't Say What Trump Told Turkey's Erdogan
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John Gizzi By Monday, 02 July 2018 10:50 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Nearly a week after President Donald Trump spoke to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following his smashing victory over a crowded field June 24, the White House is still not revealing what the two said to one another.

Newsmax noted Monday there has been no official "readout" (synopsis) of the Trump-Erdogan call from the White House or even a confirmation that Mr. Trump congratulated Mr. Erdogan on his victory at the polls.

"I know that they spoke last week," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told us. "I'll get back to you with details."

A week ago, Sanders told reporters the administration was "working to set up a call between the president and the president of Turkey to reaffirm our strong bond" and would "encourage Turkey to take steps to strengthen its democracy and continue progress toward resolving issues in the bilateral relationship."

Much like his calls to Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, President Trump's call to Turkey's Erdogan has disappointed human rights advocates and Turkish expatriates. Like Putin and al-Sisi, Erdogan opponents argue, the Turkish president is increasingly amassing authority and growing steadily more intolerant of critics. By telephoning congratulations to him following the election, they say, the U.S. president only legitimizes a regime that is growing successively authoritarian.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, no less than 73 journalists were jailed in Turkey as of December.  Since then, it has sentenced two journalists, three other media company employees, and a political commentator to life in prison for complicity in a coup attempt against Erdogan in 2016.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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