Trump Erdogan senators White House meeting

President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meet in the Oval Office with Republican senators at the White House on Wednesday in Washington. Idaho U.S. Sen. Jim Risch is at right.

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Idaho Sen. Jim Risch said this afternoon that he'll move ahead with the Turkey sanctions bill he is co-sponsoring with Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, after negotiations over Turkey's deployment of a Russian missile system apparently came to naught. "It doesn't sound like they're going to go ahead with the negotiations," Risch said. He noted that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on his way back from Washington, D.C., to Turkey that he'll go ahead with deploying Russian S-400 missiles.

"He said on the plane that he was going to keep the S-400s no matter what," Risch said. "Well, if that's the case, then there's really nothing to talk about."

President Donald Trump brought Risch and four other GOP senators to the White House for a meeting with Erdogan Wednesday. During the session, all five, including Risch, pressed Erdogan on the Russian missiles and on Turkey's incursion into northern Syria. You can read my full story here at (subscription required), or pick up Saturday's edition of the Idaho Press.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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