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Coons: Congress "Absolutely" Needs To See Transcripts Of Trump's Calls With Erdogan

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In an interview Thursday with MSNBC's Chuck Todd, Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Chris Coons said that Congress should "absolutely" see transcripts of President Trump's phone calls with Turkish President Erdogan.

"I have to wonder what was said in that conversation between president trump and President Erdogan that so moved President Trump to abandon a close and trusted ally in the region," Coons said.





CHUCK TODD: But if you're Erdogan, no offense, why should he fear you guys? Why should he fear Congress when the president, basically, he knows his entire administration told him not to do this. Everybody around him warned him not to do this. Pentagon, State Department, you name it. And he unilaterally did it. If you're Erdogan, you think I got this relationship with him where I get whatever I want, I don't care what Congress says or does.

SEN. CHRIS COONS: Chuck, that is exactly the challenge before us in the senate right now. We're on notice that President Trump will not just ignore the advice of, for example, former secretary Jim Mattis. The Secretary of Defense who resigned in protest months ago when Trump tried to make the same move before. But he ignored the advice of all of his senior intelligence diplomatic and military leaders. We in the Senate are on notice that there may be other blunt, ill-advised, risky, and irreversible decisions that President Trump might make next. Imagine what he might do on a call with Kim Jong-un or with Xi Jinping in order to encourage actions, whether against Hong Kong or South Korea or Taiwan that would be enormously detrimental to our security position. We must work together to use the power that we have to reign in this president.

CHUCK TODD: Do you think you need to see the transcripts of the president's phone calls with Erdogan?

CHRIS COONS: Absolutely, because it is deeply troubling, particularly on a day when the president's acting chief of staff also announced the G-7 summit will be hosted at a Trump resort in Florida. And when he admitted -- this is Mick Mulvaney -- that there had been a quid pro quo, there had been a politicization of the Ukraine-US relationship, his comment was sure there's politics in foreign policy, get over it. I have to wonder what was said in that conversation between president trump and President Erdogan that so moved President Trump to abandon a close and trusted ally in the region.

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