Trump invited to visit Turkey

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The president of Turkey invited President Donald Trump to visit Turkey in 2019, the White House said Monday night.

“The president is open to a potential meeting in the future,” spokesman Hogan Gidley said on behalf of the White House.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the authoritarian president of Turkey since 2014, has been a significant part of two recent American foreign policy situations.

In recent days, Erdogan has been a key figure in the controversy over Trump’s stated plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Trump has said he feels confident the United States can leave because the Turks will continue the fight against ISIS forces in the region.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted: “I just had a long and productive call with President @RT_Erdogan of Turkey. We discussed ISIS, our mutual involvement in Syria, & the slow & highly coordinated pullout of U.S. troops from the area. After many years they are coming home. We also discussed heavily expanded Trade.“

Later in the day, Trump added: “President @RT_Erdogan of Turkey has very strongly informed me that he will eradicate whatever is left of ISIS in Syria. … and he is a man who can do it plus, Turkey is right “next door.” Our troops are coming home!“

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