Dec 16, 2018

Turkey claims Trump said he's working on extraditing Erdogan enemy

Embroidered images of Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen (L) and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R). Photo: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey's foreign minister claimed Sunday that President Trump told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the G20 summit in Argentina that he was working on extraditing Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, a longtime enemy of Erdogan currently living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: Gulen has been accused of orchestrating a failed coup against Erdogan in 2016, which the strongman president used as a pretense to arrest thousands of dissidents and assume sweeping new executive powers. NBC News reported last month that the White House was exploring options for extraditing Gulen, who has denied any involvement in the coup, in order to compel Erdogan to ease pressure on Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Airline industry braces for a forever-changed world

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The airline industry got a $58 billion lifeline in the coronavirus federal aid package. But the path is unclear for these companies, whose operations and prospects will be forever changed by the global pandemic.

Why it matters: People may want to minimize travel for the foreseeable future. Investors, analysts and industry watchers are trying to determine how much airlines will need to spend — and how much more in lost revenue they'll see — while they adapt to the new reality.

Trump denies seeing Navarro memos warning about toll of coronavirus

President Trump said at a press briefing Tuesday that he "didn't see" memos from his trade adviser Peter Navarro warning in January and February that the coronavirus crisis could kill more than half a million Americans and cost close to $6 trillion.

Why it matters: Trump insisted that despite not seeing the memos, he did "more or less" what Navarro suggested by banning non-U.S. citizens from traveling from China effective Feb. 2.

Acting Navy secretary resigns over handling of virus-infected ship

Thomas Modly. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday after apologizing for comments he made about Capt. Brett Crozier, who was removed when a letter he wrote pleading with the Navy to address the coronavirus outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt was leaked to the press. The resignation was first reported by Politico.

Why it matters: The controversy over Crozier's removal was exacerbated after audio leaked of Modly's address to the crew, in which he said Crozier was either "too naive or too stupid to be a commanding officer of a ship like this." After initially backing Modly's decision, President Trump said at a briefing Monday that he would "get involved."

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