With Trump threatening more sanctions and Erdogan threatening to find other allies, Turkey may be forced to figure out what the alternatives are.
Anyone in Ankara who is expecting the United States to recognize its own interests in regard to Turkey should also recognize the impediments Ankara has created.
The danger for Turkey is that Erdogan has already accumulated enough power that, even in defeat, he could easily bring the entire country down with him.
Erdogan’s need to consolidate power means that American attempts to mollify his concerns will not create a foundation for a workable relationship.
There is undoubtedly a sense that Trump is someone with whom Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan can do business.