As US-Turkey meeting begins, Trump praises relation with Erdogan
President Donald Trump on Wednesday lauded the US relationship with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan as the leaders started a meeting to overcome mounting differences between the two NATO allies ranging from Syria policy to Turkey's purchase of a Russian missile defense system.
Trump's warm welcome of the Turkish president comes amid anger in the US Congress about Ankara's Oct. 9 offensive into Syria to drive out a Kurdish militia, Washington's main partner in the fight against Islamic State.
"We've been friends for a long time, almost from Day 1. We understand each others' country. We understand where we are coming from," Trump told Erdogan as they sat next to each other in the Oval Office.
"They're highly respected in their country and in the region," Trump said of Erdogan and his wife Emine.
He also said they will be discussing Ankara's purchase of a...