Trump ‘too busy’ to watch impeachment investigation, welcomes Turkey’s Erdogan Nov 14, 2019 0 954 12345 AFPWashingtonPresident Donald Trump greeted his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House for a high-stakes meeting on Wednesday that underlined his claim to be ignoring the impeachment drama unfolding simultaneously in Congress.The two leaders were to hold several hours of meetings, including lunch, before giving a joint news conference.While Congress listened to evidence against Trump from two diplomats in the impeachment inquiry, the US president met Erdogan on the White House’s South Lawn, together with a military honor guard, before heading straight to the Oval Office.In the run-up to Erdogan’s arrival, Trump did not tune into the nationally televised impeachment hearings, because he was “too busy,” he told reporters.If Trump was ignoring the drama on Capitol Hill, he was also turning a deaf ear to opposition from many in Congress, including in his own Republican party, to rolling out the red carpet for Erdogan.The US-Turkish relationship has been under severe strain following Erdogan’s ordering of an October offensive against US-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria.Trump ordered US troops stationed in the border area to withdraw ahead of the Turkish invasion, while exhorting Erdogan in an extraordinarily undiplomatic letter to avoid too much bloodshed.“Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool!” Trump wrote in the letter, which was reportedly thrown by Erdogan into the trash.Despite the letter, Trump’s withdrawal of the US soldiers effectively gave Turkey a green light for what appears to be an extended occupation of a large swath of Syria. This outraged many in Congress, which saw the move as an abandonment of the Kurds, who died in large numbers while fighting alongside US forces against Islamic State jihadists in the area.“Given this situation, we believe that now is a particularly inappropriate time for President Erdogan to visit the United States, and we urge you to rescind this invitation,” a bipartisan group of legislators wrote to Trump last week in a letter made public Monday.Trump was defiant on Wednesday, saying: “We have been friends for a long time.” The House of Representatives showed its displeasure with Turkey in October by voting to recognise the mass destruction of the Armenian community in the Ottoman Empire as genocide. RELATED ARTICLES Delhi smog hits ‘emergency’ levels as UK’s Prince Charles visits Nov 14, 2019 0 1026 Trump impeachment hearings open before live television audience Nov 14, 2019 0 582 25 charged with murder over brutal killing of Bangladesh student Nov 14, 2019 0 214 12 dead, 20 wounded in Kabul car bomb blast AFP Kabul At least 12 people, including three children, were killed when a minivan packed with explosives rammed into a vehicle carrying foreigners during Kabul’s morning rush hour on Wednesday, officials said. Four .. Firebrand cleric Rehman calls off demonstration in Pakistan capital Islamabad: A Pakistani Islamist leader who led thousands of supporters into the capital two weeks ago and demanded Imran Khan’s resignation called off his demonstration on Wednesday, but insisted he would move to “Plan .. Pakistan ex-PM Sharif rejects govt terms for London treatment trip Islamabad: Pakistan’s ailing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has delayed his departure to London to seek medical treatment after the government set conditions for allowing him to travel abroad. Sharif was expected .. Germany makes taking photos under a dress a crime Berlin: Taking photographs up women’s skirts in public is to become a crime, the German cabinet decided on Wednesday. The practice, which is widely known as “upskirting” and involves using selfie sticks to take .. French govt under pressure after student sets himself on fire Lyon: The French government on Wednesday attempted to defuse the anger caused by the attempted suicide of a student who set himself alight to protest the hardships of his university life. The 22-year-old student .. Hundreds injured, over 1,000 arrested in Chile protests Buenos Aires: Hundreds of people have been injured and more than 1,000 arrested during heavy rioting in Chile, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday. A cabinet reshuffle and measures to reduce inequality have been .. Democrats announce eight more witnesses for public hearings Washington: US Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a list of eight more witnesses who will testify in open hearings as part of the impeachment investigation into President Trump. Lawmakers have already heard from ..