> We don't find it suitable at all for the United States to stand side by side with a terrorist organization.
's infuriated Turkey who regards them as terrorists. Turkish president, Tayyip Erdoğan, now appearing to offer Trump a way out, saying supporting the Kurds is a relic of Barack Obama and the new presidency is still in a transition period.>>
I see this visit as a new beginning.>> The Kurds known as the YPG Malitia have been a cornerstone of American efforts in Syria for years. Supported by US air power and ground troops like this Marine Corps escort. But Turkey associates them with Kurdish separatists at home the PKK which is listed as a terror group by Turkey, the States and the EU.
Erdoğan has also said he will continue to press the White House for the extradition of this cleric Fethullah Gulen said by Turkey to be the mastermind of July's failed coup. He's denied the allegations, while living in exile at a compound in Pennsylvania, protected by the Obama White House, citing a lack of evidence.
Trump's history with Erdogan has been generally warm. He took a much softer stance against the Turkish leader's handling of the coup than some members of his own republican party. And Trump congratulated Erdoğan's victory in a recent referendum granting him increased executive authority.