For­eign desk: Re­peat­ing Obama’s Mis­takes With Turkey

New York Post - - POST OPINION -

Pres­i­dent Trump’s for­eign pol­icy “of­ten seems de­signed to spite his pre­de­ces­sor,” Barack Obama, notes Bloomberg’s Eli Lake. Yet when it comes to “the thorny ques­tion” of Turkey, it’s been “more ‘yes we can’ than ‘make Amer­ica great again.’ ” Trump may boast of his re­la­tion­ship with Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan, but the Turk­ish leader re­sponds by “act­ing like an en­emy.” In the past week, Turkey has ar­rested a sec­ond Turk­ish na­tional work­ing for the US diplo­matic mis­sion and jailed a Wall Street Jour­nal re­porter “for the crime of re­port­ing on Turkey’s crack­down against its Kur­dish pop­u­la­tion.” Al­lies “have quar­rels all the time,” but “Er­do­gan has crossed a line.” Yet Trump “has yet to change his tone when it comes to Er­do­gan,” much like Obama, who “went out of his way to court the Turk­ish leader.”

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