Er­do­gan: Trump un­happy over strained re­la­tion­ship

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - WASHINGTON REPORT -

Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan says U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has con­veyed sad­ness over moves by U.S. author­i­ties that have strained re­la­tions be­tween their two coun­tries.

Er­do­gan said dur­ing a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view Fri­day that he “found odd” steps in the United States that led to charges against a for­mer econ­omy min­is­ter with con­spir­ing to help Iran evade U.S. sanc­tions and a sep­a­rate in­dict­ment against Turk­ish se­cu­rity of­fi­cials who are ac­cused of at­tack­ing demon­stra­tors dur­ing his visit to Wash­ing­ton in the spring.

The Turk­ish leader said Trump called him last week to dis­cuss the is­sue and quoted the U.S. pres­i­dent as say­ing: “I am very sad­dened by this.”

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