Newsweek: Trump’s big mouth on Erdogan call left him, US open to extortion
UPDATED: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow got her hands on a Newsweek article prior to publication Tuesday morning (Dec. 13) concerning Trump’s business ties – and boy howdy, if Trump thought he had a lousy weekend because of all that Putin Russia hacking election-tampering talk, he may have an even bigger headache on his hands.
Among the bombshells in the article, Maddow reported that the Newsweek article reveals that after Trump spoke with Turkey’s President Erdogan on November 9, Trump praised Dogan Holding, the company partnering with him to build Istanbul’s Trump Towers, and several executives by name. Not long after that, Erdogan ordered at least two of Dogan’s executives arrested on the basis of somewhat sketchy evidence, and they are still being held – in a gambit to pressure Trump and the US to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a spiritual leader currently living in Pennsylvania, who has been accused by Erdogan of fomenting a coup against him.
Talk about the art of the deal…
The Newsweek story also details Trump’s pre-presidential blunders with the Philippines, Argentina, Taiwan and and China.
Here’s the full segment from MSNBC’s TRMS: