Trump’s Huge Win in Turkey Could Have Big Impact

President Trump’s securing the release of an American pastor held in Turkey could have a huge impact on defense relations within NATO. The Washington Examiner:

Key senators indicated Friday that Turkey’s release of U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson could help ease tensions that have threatened the sale of F-35 joint strike fighters to Ankara.

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., spearheaded legislation suspending transfers of the jets over the imprisonment of the pastor on terrorism charges, and said his release after a court hearing Friday was a positive development.

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The detention, along with Turkey’s plans to buy a Russian S-400 missile defense system, had outraged Tillis and other lawmakers including Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., who targeted Ankara’s plans to purchase 100 of the F-35s and manufacture components of the aircraft.

“We pursued a number of diplomatic and policy channels that kept the pressure on. The Turkish government ultimately made the right decision, which will undoubtedly help improve U.S.-Turkey relations moving forward,” Tillis said in a statement.

This is welcome news, since Turkey remains a critical ally in the fight against terrorism and is a large contributor to NATO.

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K
K
4 years ago

Does anyone really believe that Turkey is truly our ally, especially under Erdogan? I have a difficult time swallowing that. If anyone has an opinion on that, I’m listening.

tgw
tgw
4 years ago
Reply to  K

Not and Ally Turkey , NO. But both America and Turkey use each other to get what we need. We need the basis in Turkey to cut flying time to middle East hot spots. ‘
Turkey needs our Planes to answer Challenges from the likes of Iran and others. If that is and Ally, then so be it. Our companies making those planes, means work , for Americans. Along with a good salary.

Daniel Mount
Daniel Mount
4 years ago

President Trump is definitely the absolute greatest President of all Presidents of these United States Of America. All of these very stupid Democrats screwed themselves for all of the evil and all of the lies and Treason that they have done to President Trump and now from the shameful acts and lies, they had subjected Judge Kavanaugh to, they are finished in all future Politics because of their political self-suicide of the Democratic Party. They are shameful and evil.

Robert Nettles
Robert Nettles
4 years ago

President Trump has not let us down and continue to support him. The only thing I will guarantee is if he runs again in 2020 he will get my vote.

Nancy
Nancy
4 years ago
Reply to  Robert Nettles

Mine too.

Timothy Clarey
Timothy Clarey
4 years ago

we may lose the midterms with the democraps lies and deceit

Carl J Bujan Jr
Carl J Bujan Jr
4 years ago

Since President Trump has been in office he has rescued over 20 Americans being held by other countries. He has done a tremendous job. Vote Republican to save our country from the evils of the democratic party.

Gary Gautreau
Gary Gautreau
4 years ago

Yes and he didn’t buy them back like a previous president did.

Bob Hunt
Bob Hunt
4 years ago

I thank you President Trump for the many good things you have done in the short time you have held the office of the President! I wish you would also consider pardoning some of our troops who have been languishing in Fort Leavenworth for the past several years for simply doing their duty!

Jane binkley
Jane binkley
4 years ago

Why are we selling planes to a country that doesn’t like us? Turkey has treated us bad for years. I wouldn’t trust them. What’s to keep them from using those same planes against us? I think it’s a stupid move on our part.

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