Jan 25 2018

White House phone call readout fake news – Turkish palace sources

A phone call between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Donald Trump was wrongly written up by the White House, Turkish presidential palace sources told pro-government television channel NTV.

Contrary to what the White House had said, Trump had not relayed his concerns about “escalating violence” in Afrin, the channel said, and the two men had not gone beyond a simple exchange of views on the issue.

Trump had also not used the expression “destructive and false rhetoric coming from Turkey”, the sources told the channel.

Instead, they said, the United States had merely expressed its discomfort with Turkey’s open criticism, to which Erdoğan had responded that the United States had brought it upon itself by arming the majority-Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria and safeguarding the head of the Gülen movement, which Turkey accuses of masterminding the July 2015 failed coup attempt.

The palace sources also denied that Trump had mentioned Turkey’s state of emergency at all, the channel said.