With relations between Turkey and the US suffering sharp recent deterioration, especially following tensions over the treatment of Kurdish militia in Syria, the strategy to eliminate ISIS, what role Syria's president Assad would have in the future of the middle east, and especially after Erdogan effectively declared himself quasi-dictator, many were looking forward with interest to today's joint statement between the two presidents to see what if any compromise could emerge on the future of Syria, and specifically how fraying diplomatic ties between the two nations could be redeemed.
After Trump welcomed Erdogan to the White House he told reporters the two would have "long and hard discussions" that would make their bilateral relationship better.
"It's a great honor to have President Erdogan from Turkey here," Trump said before the start of their meetings. "We're going to have long and hard discussions. I know that they will be very successful. We've had a great relationship and we will make it even better. So we're going to have a very, very strong and solid discussion."