What Awaits U.S.-Turkey Relations after U.S. Midterm Elections?

The balance of political power in the U.S. Congress has yet to be decided. Ongoing vote counts in about a dozen states will determine if Democratic Party retains majorities in the Senate and House or if Republicans will win one or both chambers.

U.S. Relations with Turkey still have problems with the U.S. Congress. Experts shared their views on how NATO allies would look when the new U.S. Congress period starts.

Richard Outzen,Senior Advisor,Dragon LLC,-Former Pentagon/State Department Official

"The Republican midterm result was disappointing, reflecting a combination of some weak Senate candidates, effective tactical and retail politics by the Democrats, and lingering divisions among Republicans between Trump supporters and moderates. In an election where the Democrats appeared very vulnerable on the economy, framing Republicans as extremists seems to have cooled enthusiasm among the electorate to punish the incumbents. As far as foreign policy, the Senate appears set to remain divided 50/50 or perhaps a one-seat advantage for Republicans depending on the Georgia runoff. This argues for a largely status quo foreign policy, which is both good and bad for US-Turkish relations. The war in Ukraine, NATO accession, and Mideast security issues dictate that Washington maintain effective working relations with Ankara. On the other hand, key Congressional leaders reticent to sell F16s to Turkiye or engage more fulsomely with President Erdogan will all remain in their seats, indicating that the "safe distance" approach in bilateral relations will pertain at least through the Turkish elections."

Lincon McCurdy,Former Turkish Coalition of America President

"Nothing will change in the Turkiye-U.S. bilateral relationship due to the midterm relations.   The same policies of the Biden Administration will continue, and there will be no change in congressional perspectives about Turkiye.    We had two Turkish Americans on the November 8th ballot--Mehmet Oz, the Republican senatorial candidate in Pennslyvania, and Veysel Dokur, the Democratic candidate for Florida's State Senate District 50.  Both candidates lost but not because of their Turkish heritage.  Congressman Steve Chabot, a Republican Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans, also lost his reelection in Ohio's 1st congressional district.  His loss was because of redistricting."

Derya Taskin,Democratic Delegate ,Passaic County-New Jersey

"I do not think there will be much change in the relations between the two NATO alliance countries, U.S. and Turkey, after the 2022 midterm elections and in the next two years. Even though the Democratic party has made some changes in some significant Republican states, in the current economic situation, considering immigration and health reforms, the parties will work harder for the next two years and start working quickly for the presidential elections. As the ballots sent by letter continue to be counted, the passing of Congress to Democrats and the Senate to Republicans will slow and complicate President Biden's decision-making and what he will want to do. In this case, I think the F16 events will progress slowly, but I believe that the trade volume between the two countries will increase.

Tayfun Selen-Former Mayor of Chatham Township

The Republican majority in the House is certainly a positive development for relations between the two countries.

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United States thanks to NATO Ally Turkey for 'generous donation' of coronavirus aid

On his Twitter account, the U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo shared the photo taken while the military cargo plane carrying the medical aid sent by Turkey was landing on Andrew Air Base near the capital, Washington.

“NATO allies must stand together in times of crisis,” said Pompeo in a Twitter message. “We thank Turkey for their generous donation of medical supplies and protective equipment to help us fight COVID-19 in our hardest-hit areas. Americans are grateful for your friendship, partnership, and support.”

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policies Michael Ryan said, “We are grateful to Turkey for the aid they have provided the USA with and the leadership model they have presented in NATO in the fight against COVID-19.”

Stating that Turkish and American officials coordinated the aid for a week, Ryan said, “Turkey’s aid to the USA, like its aids to Italy, Spain, England, and the Balkans, has been made with the coordination of NATO.”

The Turkish Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca had a phone call with U.S. Minister of Health and Human Services Alex Azar.

Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kılıç, met the shipment and delivered President Erdoğan’s letter to Trump to U.S. officials during the transportation of the aid package at the U.S. Joint Andrews Base.

It was announced that Turkey’s aid package included 500,000 masks, 400,000 gowns, 2,000 liters of disinfectant, 500 face shields, 400 N95-type masks, and 1,500 protective glasses.

In addition, The second military cargo plane from Turkey arrived in the USA on Friday, May 1, completing the entire delivery.

President Trump: “I have seen evidence that the virus originated from the Wuhan Laboratory.”

President Trump stated that he saw convincing evidence that the Coronavirus originated from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology. While not providing details about that evidence, Trump said, “Either China failed to stop the virus or allowed the virus to spread.”

President Trump spoke about the Coronavirus at a White House event attended by the elderly, one of the at-risk population groups most affected by the virus. When Trump began to allow questions from the media, the event, which was held at a time that the Trump administration was considering various anti-China measures, was transformed into a press conference.

“China either failed to stop the virus or allowed the virus to spread.”

Asserting that there are varying theories about the origins of the Coronavirus and how it began to spread, Trump said: “China either failed to stop the virus or allowed it to spread.”

The U.S. President said, “There are varying theories about this matter. We are considering this from both scientific and intelligence perspectives. Was it a mistake? Was it accidental?” and suggested that answers to these questions would soon be forthcoming.

“China is a smart nation in scientific terms and in a lot of other ways, and they could have stopped the spread of this virus,” said President Trump, adding that China did not want to see him elected for a second term.

“The World Health Organization is acting as China’s PR Agency.”

During the press conference, Trump again voiced his criticism of the World Health Organization (WHO) with statements such as, “It’s as if WHO is serving as China’s Public Relations Agency” and “They should be ashamed of themselves.”

Possible measures that could be taken against China under consideration.

The Trump administration is considering possible measures to be taken against China as a response to the coronavirus outbreak. Along with the economic sanctions currently being discussed is talk of lifting China’s statutorily granted sovereign immunity, which would open a path to American court cases seeking compensation based on damages. President Trump has also announced that they are considering imposing additional taxes on China.

In a statement he gave on Wednesday, American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo  said that China was not permitting the U.S. to access its Wuhan laboratory.

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