President Trump appears to have ignored a request from a bipartisan coalition of senators who had asked him to call out Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his authoritarian policies and human rights violations.
The White House Office of the Press Secretary's statement about Trump's meeting with Erdogan at the White House Tuesday indicates both leaders discussed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and strengthening relations between nations, but Trump did not rebuke Erdogan's policies.
"President Trump reiterated the commitment of the United States to the security of our NATO ally Turkey and the need to work together to confront terrorism in all its forms," the White House said in a statement Tuesday evening.
Trump did raise the incarceration of Pastor Andrew Brunson and asked that the Turkish government expeditiously return him to the U.S.
Prior to the meeting, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and 15 of their colleagues sent a letter to Trump urging him to address the crisis.