Trump To Meet Erdoğan At White House On Nov. 13, Despite Tensions.

Erdoğan’s last trip to the U.S. to meet with Trump was marred by violence when members of Erdogan’s security team attacked a group of peaceful protesters outside the Turkish Embassy.

President Trump will meet with his Turkish counterpart, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in Washington next week, ending weeks of uncertainty over whether Erdoğan would make the trip amid tensions over Syria. Erdoğan committed to visiting Trump at the White House following a phone call between the two leaders on Wednesday.

“Just had a very good call with President Erdogan of Turkey. He informed me that they have captured numerous ISIS fighters that were reported to have escaped during the conflict – including a wife and sister of terrorist killer al Baghdadi….” tweeted President Trump.

“….Also talked about their border with Syria, the eradication of terrorism, the ending of hostilities with the Kurds, and many other topics. Look forward to seeing President Erdogan next Wednesday, November 13th at the White House!” added President Trump.

Erdoğan said in recent days that he was considering skipping the Washington visit over recent congressional action. The visit will coincide with the first day of public impeachment hearings in the House, setting the stage for what is likely to be an explosive day in Washington.

Lawmakers are likely to object to Erdoğan’s presence, creating additional friction. Senators in both parties had urged Trump to rescind Erdoğan’s invite at the peak of tensions last month.

Erdoğan’s last trip to the U.S. to meet with Trump was marred by violence when members of Erdogan’s security team attacked a group of peaceful protesters outside the Turkish Embassy. The beatings were filmed by bystanders, and members of Erdoğan’s entourage were later charged.

H/T The Hill

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