Turkish president snubs Pence ahead of Ankara visit: ‘When Trump comes here I’ll be talking’

Turkish president snubs Pence ahead of Ankara visit: ‘When Trump comes here I’ll be talking’
Vice President Mike Pence tours the National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL Tuesday June 25, 2019 (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan thumbed his nose at President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.


Pence had been scheduled to meet Thursday with the Turkish president in Ankara to urge an immediate ceasefire in Syria and work toward a negotiated settlement, but Erdoğan abruptly snubbed the U.S. vice president.

Erdoğan told Sky News that his own vice president, Fuat Oktay, would instead meet with Pence.

“When Trump comes here,” Erdoğan said, “I’ll be talking.”

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