What do Trump and Erdogan want out of the US-Turkey relationship?


US President Donald Trump and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) give a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 13, 2019. – President Donald Trump greeted his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House for a high-stakes meeting Wednesday that underlined his claim to be ignoring the impeachment drama unfolding simultaneously in Congress. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House. His invitation was not without objection.

This is the first meeting between the two leaders since Turkey launched an offensive in October against former U.S. allies – the Kurds – in northern Syria. Trump made way for Turkish incursion after pulling U.S. troops from Northern Syria following a phone call with Erdogan.

In addition, Turkey has angered its NATO allies by purchasing military hardware from Russia that could endanger the security of other NATO countries.

U.S. lawmakers and others have said Turkey’s Erdogan did not deserve the honor of a White House visit. But amidst the objections, many are also asking “What do the U.S. and Turkey hope to get out of this relationship?”

With us to discuss President Erdogan’s visit to the White House, is Hossein Askari. He’s a Professor of International Business and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.