15 January 2021,   19:38
Trump hosts Turkish President Erdogan at White House

Donald Trump hosted Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his second visit to the White House, weeks after he faced a strong backlash for pulling US troops out of the way of a Turkish incursion into northern Syrua. 

Trump, who faced bipartisan criticism for giving a free pass to the Turkish president, seemed to try to bridge part of the gap with key members of his own party. In an unusual but conciliatory move, he invited a few Republican senators to the Oval Office to speak directly to Erdogan.
A joint press conference by the two presidents portrayed main points of tension but also validated the personal relationship that both have been trying to cultivate and maintain in the past three years, with Trump insisting they were “very good friends”.