Jun 26 2018

White House readout of Trump's call with Erdogan differs from Ankara's

Ahval obtained the readout of President Trump's call with Turkish President Erdogan, attributed to a White House National Security Council Spokesperson. 

According to the readout, Trump called to congratulate Erdogan for his reelection and to reaffirm the strong bonds between the U.S. and Turkey. 

The readout does not include some other details that the Turkish Presidency's readout includes which was issued some 8 hours earlier.

So far, the White House still has not issued an official readout of the call. 

Turkish Presidency said, along with congratulation from Trump, the call included:

"Highlighting the strategic partnership between Turkey and the U.S., the two leaders reaffirmed their shared determination to improve bilateral cooperation in all areas, defense and military relations in particular, in the upcoming period.

The importance of implementing the joint roadmap on Manbij, and of continuing to work together in the fight against terror was underscored.

President Erdoğan and U.S. President Trump stated that they are looking forward to meeting at the NATO Summit, which will be held in Brussels on July 11-12, 2018."

The readout that was obtained by Ahval does not include anything about Manbij roadmap, neither "the fight against terror." as Ankara's version does.

The White House also does not mention any upcoming meeting like the Turkish Presidency said that Erdogan is looking forward to meeting at the NATO summit which will be held on July 11-12, 2018.

The version of the White House readout on the call that Ahval has obtained:

"President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to congratulate him on his reelection and to reaffirm the strong bonds between the United States and Turkey as NATO Allies and strategic partners.

President Trump and President Erdogan recommitted to efforts to resolve issues in the bilateral relationship and to increase cooperation in addressing shared strategic challenges."