Should Trump have called Erdogan?

(Paul Mirengoff) Andy McCarthy sees the constitutional changes in Turkey as having “hammered the final nail in the coffin of [that] country’s democracy.” He castigates President Trump for calling to congratulate strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan on this accomplishment.
Lee Smith sees the situation differently. He contends that the closeness of the referendum on Erdogan’s changes represents “a warning that he had better address Turkish voters’ key concerns—the economy, political stability, terrorism—or else he might expect worse in the 2019 presidential elections.” And Smith doesn’t seem bothered that Trump made his phone call.
I think President Trump was right to call Erdogan, especially if McCarthy is correct about the state of Turkish democracy. If Erdogan really has locked up power for the next eight years or more, it becomes all the more important for Trump to establish a solid relationship with him, if possible. And the best way to seek such

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