Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Washington, Tuesday, November 12, a day earlier than his assembly with U.S. President Donald Trump, who has overtly complimented the Turkish chief and his combative ruling fashion, calling him “a pal” and “hell of a pacesetter.”
Erdogan is trying to Trump to carry an embargo on the acquisition of America’s newest fighter jet.
Trump imposed the freeze after Ankara procured S-400 missiles from Russia.
Washington claims the Russian missiles radar system threatens to compromise NATO protection programs, specifically the F-35 jet’s stealth know-how.
Washington is alarmed at Ankara’s deepening ties with Moscow, however analysts query Trump’s room to maneuver with Congress pressuring for sanctions on Turkey.