Trump Criticized for Congratulating Turkish President in New Power Grab

Apr 18, 2017

President Trump called president Erdogan of Turkey "to congratulate him on his recent referendum victory." However, none of the European nations support Erdogan's consolidating power further in the presidency, and Trump’s congratulatory call seemed to imply that Trump would favor a strong president system himself, which may be true.

At a minimum, Trump’s action seemed to legitimize what almost everyone opposes. Many US allies are deeply troubled by how the Turkish referendum was carried out and by the power it will concentrate in Erdogan's hands. The EU will not allow Turkey to join without going back to a more democratic system.