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Trump to confront Turkey about buying Russian defense system

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By DEB RIECHMANN

President Donald Trump will confront Turkey's leader about his decision to buy a Russian air defense system when they meet this week at the White House amid strained relations between the two NATO allies.

Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, said Sunday that the United States is still "very upset" by the move to purchase the Russian S-400 system. The U.S. says the system is not compatible with NATO forces and could compromise the F-35 fighter jet program and aid Russian intelligence. The Trump administration removed Turkey from the F-35 program in July.

O'Brien told CBS' "Face the Nation" that if Turkey doesn't get rid of the Russian system, Turkey will likely face U.S. sanctions backed by a bipartisan majority in Congress. Trump is scheduled to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday.

"There's no place in NATO for the S-400," O'Brien said. "There's no place in NATO for significant Russian military purchases. That's a message that the president will deliver to him very clearly when he's here in Washington."

O'Brien said, however, that the U.S. will do everything it can to keep Turkey in NATO.

Turkey has been roundly criticized for its incursion into northern Syria to attack Kurdish forces that were fighting with the U.S. against Islamic State militants. Trump has been denounced for removing U.S. forces from the area before the incursion, but O'Brien said the administration did not pave the way for Erdogan's offensive into Syria.

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Instead of being crybabies, NATO countries should just build a better product that other countries would want to buy.

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Instead of being crybabies, NATO countries should just build a better product that other countries would want to buy.

You just called Donnyna crybaby. This is the first time you've directly criticized him. Of course, you did try to avoid doing so by blaming NATO and not Donny; but the article is specifically about Donny confronting Turkey.

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but the article is specifically about Donny confronting Turkey.

Trump's trying to protect American jobs by having Turkey buy an American system instead, and he should be applauded for that.

It's not Trump's fault that American companies can't produce a better radar system than a Russian company can.

Good on Trump for fighting for the American worker.

Meanwhile NATO and the Pentagon are having a crybaby hissy fit because their own member and ally decided that Russian tech was too good to pass up, and thereby opened all of Europe's southern skies to Russian monitoring.

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Trump's trying to protect American jobs by having Turkey buy an American system instead, and he should be applauded for that.

It's not Trump's fault that American companies can't produce a better radar system than a Russian company can. 

Good on Trump for fighting for the American worker.

Meanwhile NATO and the Pentagon are having a crybaby hissy fit because their own member and ally decided that Russian tech was too good to pass up, and thereby opened all of Europe's southern skies to Russian monitoring.

Donny is the head of the pentagon in his role as commander in chief. Nice try backpeddling from calling Donny a crybaby.

Thanks for demonstrating that you are only interested in fanning division in the West.

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NATO countries should just build a better product that other countries would want to buy.

Like one that can down au hightech Russian fighter? Already done!

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President Donald Trump will confront Turkey's leader about his decision to buy a Russian air defense system when they meet this week at the White House

And President Erdogan will reply, " I am responsible for the defence of my country and will decide what is best for Turkey. By the way, do you want to continue useing the air base at İncirlik?

And that will be that.

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Like one that can down au hightech Russian fighter? Already done!

Err you shot down an unarmed Su-24 (from 1967) that was calming flying back to base.

Keep thumping your chest, you killed a pilot conducting a peacetime flight. Wow, but it ain't gonna convince Turkey to drop the S400.

The S400 is so good, NATO has a blanket no-fly policy whenever and wherever its activated.

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@burningbushGood on Trump for fighting for the American worker.

Exactly. Trump's only interested in helping his fellow elite (US and 'foreign') who've long exploited workers. Trump's syndicate has long shown disdain for American workers, an example having the syndicate's products made in Mexico, Bangladesh, China and elsewhere. Trump even brings in undocumented foreign workers to work at his properties.

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Oh is he? wow great job on killing Al Bagdaddy then. is he the commander in chief of that Vindman guy too?

glad to see you finally recognize who is in charge and who has decision making authority as President.

Donny is the head of the pentagon in his role as commander in chief.

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Err you shot down an unarmed Su-24 (from 1967) that was calming flying back to base

Meh, poor attempt at denial. Russian fighter shotdown by NATO member. End of story.

You'd think that IF you're flying back to base, it'd be safer to stay clear of foreign borders, announce a flight plan (especially in contested airspace), and not ignore orders 10 times. Ok you win, dumb plane, but even dumber Russian airforce?

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Erdogan has a Russian bear breathing down his neck. That is the geographical reality. Russia made him an offer that he was unable to refuse, even though he may have considered it, so however an upset Trump might choose to 'confront' him, Erdogan probably has no power to stop this thing from advancing.

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Erdogan has a Russian bear breathing down his neck

Nah...my theory is, IF USA is saying it's not interested in leadership anymore (America First), states like Turkey are going to start looking around for a new leader. All Putin has to say is 'come to mama...'

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Trump is upset that Turkey is buying the competitive air defence system.

Turkey Is upset that the US armed and expanded the capabilitiesof terrorists on Turkey's border, and is vilifying a NATO state for protecting itself from terrorists so that the US can control Syria's oil.

Guess who has a valid beef with the other.

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Trump: Erg, I have to ask you in public not to buy that Russian system, but in private between us, my Master Vlad told me to say it was OK...

Trump's trying to protect American jobs by having Turkey buy an American system instead, and he should be applauded for that.

Dang straight - just look at all those Trump clothes and shoes that are made in...er....uh....Chinese sweatshops...

Good on Trump for fighting for the American worker.

Wear that Chinese-made Trump tie with pride!

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What's Trump going to bargain with? He's a moron who's already thrown away his most powerful bargaining chips. Putin & Erdogan are both laughing at him.

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Hahaha... "confront" Turkey, eh? Trump "confronting" Turkey means giving them something else they want that will hurt the US and benefit Turkey and Russia, and is supporters cheering on the treason as he does it. I mean, we all saw how much his crayon-written letter to Erdogan scared Turkey.

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Trump doesn't confront. He tweets, cajoles and berates and then becomes best buddies.

Oh, and he betrays US allies and steals from veterans.

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Toasted Heretic: "Oh, and he betrays US allies and steals from veterans."

Don't forget charities! He steals from them, too. Actually, Thanksgiving is coming up. When he pardons a Turkey he'll probably give it a piece of Syria, too, confusing the bird for the nation because they have the same English name. THat's about his level of intelligence.

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Donny sucks up to dictators big time, so confronting Erdogan will be a nod nod wink wink between them.

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Oh is he?

Yes, is this news to you?

wow great job on killing Al Bagdaddy then. is he the commander in chief of that Vindman guy too? 

But according to Donny and you Trumpophiles, the Delta operators get the credit, not the president. Or does that only apply to Obama and UBL?

glad to see you finally recognize who is in charge and who has decision making authority as President. 

I've never disputed this. Here you go again making up arguments and ascribing them to others so you can argue.

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And yet even now, Turkey still wants the US Patriot system.

Turkey actually has been asking for the US Patriot System for years - but the Pentagon stalled all that time trying to decide whether to sell it to Turkey or not. The key issue is that Turkey wants a technology-sharing pact along with the purchase.

After awhile, Turkey couldn't wait no longer, and they got that technology-sharing pact demand from Russia, so they went with the S-400 purchase.

But the Pentagon is reticent about the transfer of technology, while Russia is more amenable to it. Other countries getting the S-400 like India will also get that transfer of Russian technology. So it's not just Turkey.

That's the reason why Turkey went with the S-400 - because Russia agreed with Turkey's demand for technology-sharing.

If the US had given Turkey the technology-sharing pact they wanted, Turkey wouldn't even had considered Russia's S-400 because they wouldn't need to

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Strained relations between the two NATO allies? How about the strained relations between the rest of the NATO allies and Turkey? Why is Turkey still in NATO? To keep Russia from gaining access to the Mediterranean?

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