Trump outsourcing Middle East to Turkey, while Erdoğan works against U.S. interests - J Post

U.S. President Donald Trump has outsourced the Middle East region to Turkey, even as his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan works against U.S. interests, analyst Seth Frantzman wrote in the Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. 

Frantzman said Turkey has accused the United States of “training terrorists,” has worked with Venezuelan Nicolás Maduro's anti-American government, detained a U.S. pastor, railed against Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, detained U.S. journalists, and also worked with Iran and Russia - including buying Russian-made S-400 missile defences. 

Erdoğan has also claimed the U.S.-based Antifa movement is linked to leftist Kurdish forces in Syria, the same forces the U.S. allied with to fight ISIS.

“There doesn’t seem to be any parallel in the world for the constant conversations between Erdoğan and Trump, and yet, Turkey is one of the most hostile countries to U.S. policy in the world and Turkey works with Hamas against Israel, a key U.S. ally,” Frantzman said.

He also said that while Turkey’s officials often attack the United States - including over press freedom - U.S. officials appear to have orders to never critique Turkey in response, even though Turkey threatened U.S. troops last year in Syria and ordered the United States to leave Syria and abandon their allies who were fighting ISIS, and is one of the world’s worst jailers of journalists. 

“With the U.S. wanting to reduce its role in the Middle East, outsourcing policy to Ankara has seemed like a good deal,” Frantzman said. 

“For now, Ankara continues to try to exploit the crisis in the US for its own benefit,” he added.