U.S. - TURKEY RELATIONS UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
Developments to Date On Major Issues
When President Trump was elected last November, there were hopes in Ankara that the new administration would usher in a more positive dynamic in U.S.-Turkey relations. Since the end of the Obama administration’s tenure, two major issues have been weighing on the relationship: Washington’s support of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), in Syria; and Turkey’s request for the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for an attempted coup in July 2016.
Since President Trump’s inauguration, the U.S. and Turkey have made mixed progress on issues that are straining their relationship. Despite ongoing tensions, frequent meetings between high-level officials from both countries have shown that the U.S. and Turkey are committed to resolving outstanding issues and forging stronger relations.