Following a private meeting last week with Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, President Trump may soon urge Congress to pass on the sanctions that would automatically take effect following Turkey’s purchase of S-400 air defense system from Russia.
Such a move would be a near-total reversal of the U.S. policy toward Turkey and its purchase of the S-400. Several U.S. officials have warned the Erdoğan government that acquiring Russian missiles would violate the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act and thus trigger the sanctions.
Just two weeks ago, Vice President Mike Pence sharply warned Turkey that its purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system could risk diminishing its role in the NATO alliance.
A White House source who requested anonymity confirmed to Newsmax Trump met with Albayrak, the son-in-law of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, during the Finance Minister’s week-long visit.
The meeting was held at the White House and also included Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, the same source told us.
The source would not confirm specifically whether Trump promised to ask Congress to waive the sanctions for the purchase of the Russian missiles. But Albayrak told reporters he had “a very, very positive, constructive conversation” with the President.
Ibrahim Kalin, a top aide to Turkey’s Erdogan, went further when he told the “Financial Times” that his government expected Trump “to use the power he has to intervene on that issue.”
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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