Trump Opposes Turkey Sanctions, Armenian Genocide Recognition

Turkish officials slammed bills as insults

With Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expected to visit the White House next week, President Trump has expressed opposition to recent Congressional resolutions, one calling for sanctions against Turkey for invading Syria, and one recognizing and condemning the Armenian genocide.

Erdogan has said he considers the genocide resolution the “biggest insult toward our nation,” and Trump’s opposition is almost certainly an attempt to keep Erdogan from making a spectacle during the visit.

At the same time, White House officials say they are unclear if Trump intends to attempt to veto either resolution. It’s unlikely, especially with the Armenian genocide bill, as overwhelming support means Trump would be setting himself up for an embarrassing override.

The simpler path for the White House would be to ignore the sanctions bill by issuing waivers, and condemning the recognition of the Armenian genocide is likely to anger Armenian-American groups, but there is no real weight behind the resolution, and the White House disavowing it publicly will likely be enough for Turkey.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.