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Trump administration lays out case against Senate bill that would levy Turkey sanctions

President Trump and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
President Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: Peter Nicholls/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The Trump administration laid out its case against a Senate bill that would sanction Turkey for purchasing Russian-made defense systems and help Syrian Kurdish refugees immigrate to the U.S. in a State Department document obtained by The Daily Beast.

Why it matters: The document reveals how Turkey's actions have divided Trump officials and members of Congress, who have criticized the executive branch for not sanctioning Turkey for trading with Russia's defense and intelligence sectors.

Biden campaign video seizes on NATO leaders' hot mic on Trump

President Donald Trump attends the plenary session of the NATO summit at the Grove hotel in Watford, northeast of London on December 4
President Trump attends at the NATO summit in Watford, northeast of London, on Wednesday. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 campaign seized on video of world leaders seemingly chuckling about President Trump at the NATO summit, including the hot mic clip, in an ad saying the "world is laughing at" Trump.