Turkey–United States relations
The first concrete words that Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan wants to hear from the Donald Trump administration, scheduled to take office on Jan. 20, came from Trump's pick for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, during his Jan. 11 testimony to the U.S. Senate's Foreign Relations Committee.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has admitted strains in ties between Turkey and the United States, while calling on U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to contribute to progress in relations.
"We are passing through a very sensitive period in our ties," Erdoğan said, blasting the Obama administration's "wrong choices" in the fight against ISIL in Syria.
Turkey has two main expectations from the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, Turkey's foreign minister has said, naming them as the extradition of Fethullah Gülen, the alleged mastermind of the July 2016 coup attempt, and the cessation of cooperation with Syrian Kurds against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
As the U.S. presidential elections near, many people, including President Barack Obama himself, have been engaging in a reassessment of the last eight years of American foreign policy.
For Turkey, the tumultuous course of Turkish-American relations during the Obama administration has exhibited parallels to the challenges Ankara has faced in the international arena.