Trump didn’t commit Gulen’s extradition to Turkey: White House

A revert of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan claim has come from the White House commenting he can keep waiting for the extradition of cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Erdogan lately said President Trump assured him during G20 summit meeting that extradition of the Muslim religious leader worked out.

A senior White House official said Monday Trump had not committed Erdogan to extradite Gulen while meeting at the G20 summit in Argentina.

The Turkish president blames Gulen had orchestrated the failed coup attempt in 2016. However, Gulen, who is living in a self-imposed US exile on a green card since the 1990s, has denied his involvement.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu complained Sunday Trump had given vague assurances to Erdogan couple of weeks ago during a meeting in Buenos Aires.

He said, “We need to see concrete steps because it has been already two years, almost three years.”

Turkey has long sought extradition of the Muslim cleric, even before the coup attempt, because Erdogan sees him as a threat.

Until now there’s no sign Gulen has been leading a network of terrorists, but Erdogan has frequently used the term for him.

Paul Linus