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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 11:34 AM

As Turkey bombs the Kurds after US troops withdrawal, remember--The Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkey

As Turkey bombs the Kurds after US troops withdrawal, remember—

The Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkey Relations took place at—

the Trump Hotel DC.

@realDonaldTrump profited from people paying to mingle with Turkish politicians.

Via @1100Penn

Turkish–U.S. officials gathered at Trump Hotel D.C.

The 37th Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkey Relations took place April 14–16 at the Trump Hotel D.C. The American-Turkish Council, a business organization, hosted the event.

While the 2017 conference also was held at the U.S. president’s Pennsylvania Avenue hotel, last year the event was canceled because U.S. officials didn’t want to attend given the tensions between the Turkish and U.S. governments.

There was less reluctance this year. According to the event’s program and social-media sightings, U.S. participants at an event in the president’s hotel held by a group advocating for improved relations with a foreign country included

chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford

deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette

the Secretary of State’s special representative for Syria engagement and special envoy to the global coalition to defeat ISIS, James Jeffrey

former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (flashback: security detail for Zinke and his wife’s 2017 vacation in Turkey cost U.S. taxpayers $25,000)

(While Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross and senior advisor to the president Jared Kushner spoke during the conference, it appears their remarks were made at a different venue.)


Meanwhile, at least three ministers in Turkey’s government and a senior advisor to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan headlined an event that President Trump’s hotel ostensibly profited from. In addition to being a featured speaker at the Trump Hotel D.C., Turkey’s finance minister, Berat Albayrak met with President Trump at the White House last week.


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