US, Turkish leaders put best face on ties amid tensions

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told US President Donald Trump on Tuesday his country would not accept Syrian Kurdish fighters in the region but stopped short of directly criticizing a US decision to arm them.
At a White House meeting, Trump lauded Erdogan as an important ally in the "fight against terrorism" and did not mention Erdogan's domestic crackdown after last year's failed coup attempt.
"We've had a great relationship and we will make it even better," Trump said in their joint appearance.
Erdogan said his visit would "mark a historical turn of tide" and hailed "outstanding relations" between the nations.