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For now, the pandemic offers Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the AKP a convenient excuse for the ailing economy.

With the economic outlook so bleak, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan might appear politically endangered and unable to survive the fallout of COVID-19. But if anything, the coronavirus crisis has strengthened Erdogan’s hand, @SimonWaldman1  writes:

U.S. President Donald Trump called for a “rapid de-escalation” of the Libyan conflict on a call with Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday, the White House said, after recent gains by forces backed by Turkey prompted threats of retaliation.

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His Majesty King Abdullah II receives a phone call from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and exchanges Eid Al Fitr wishes #Jordan  #Turkey 

Turkish President Erdogan and U.S. President Trump spoke over the phone to discuss Libya and Syria on Saturday, according to a statement from Turkey

Turkish President Erdogan and U.S. President Trump spoke over the phone to discuss Libya and Syria on Saturday, according to a statement from Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump spoke Saturday on the phone to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, bilateral relations and regional developments.

President Trump and Turkish President Erdogan spoke by phone today and discussed virus economic recovery. Trump "reiterated concern over worsening foreign interference in Libya and the need for rapid de-escalation," and Erdogan said political resolution in Syria needed-per WH

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday announced a four-day lockdown in all 81 provinces in the country to curb the spread of #COVID19 .

Reports that Libyan general Khalifa Hifter is on the defensive are encouraging for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on multiple levels, writes @SemihIdiz 

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Despite threats from the Turkish gov't, @Enes_Kanter continues to courageously speak out for human rights. Thank you, Enes, for joinin @RonWyden  @pressfreedom  & I to introduce a bill to condemn President Erdogan’s authoritarianism. We will always defend your freedom of speech.

NEW: I've been investigating Trump's interference in the investigation into Turkish-owned Halkbank, and my suspicions were just confirmed. Attorney General Barr — at Trump’s request — was trying to orchestrate a sweetheart deal to please President Erdogan.

NEWS: I’m launching an investigation into the Halkbank scandal including whether Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani and President Erdogan worked to help the state-owned Turkish bank avoid criminal prosecution for exploiting U.S. financial institutions and engaging in money-laundering.

NEWS: Another U.S. win for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: at his request, Trump asked Treasury/Justice to examine the impact of sanctions against a Turkish bank accused of fraud and money laundering.

With all the media concern about Turkish President Erdogan coming to the White House it is useful to remind them that General Secretary Xi Xinping’s communist dictatorship routinely commits human rights violations, and has over a million people in concentration camps.

Hours before Turkish President Erdogan visits the White House, senior officials acknowledge on a press call that the Turkish-supported Syrian rebels have committed alleged human rights abuses in NE Syria including "one report of a chemical weapon, specifically white phosphorous."

BREAKING: Turkish President Erdogan announces in tweet that Turkish offensive into northeast Syria has started.

Sr US defense official tells me: The President made the decision to pull out of Syria last Fri Dec 14 after speaking with Turkish President Erdogan, who told Trump Turkish forces were planning to enter Syria to go after the Kurdish PKK and warned US troops to get out of the way.

US prosecutors quietly dropped charges against most of Turkish PresidentErdogan's security team involved in bloody DC melee last year, including head of the detail. The legal move came one day before Tillerson met last month with Erdogan to ease strains.

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