US says State Department support ambassador in Turkey
The US Ambassador to Turkey, John Bass, has the support of the White House and State Department in his decision to suspend visa services over the arrest of a local Turkish employee last week, a move that quickly escalated into a crisis between the two countries, Bloomberg reports.
Earlier, Erdogan seemed to put the blame for the visa suspension controversy solely on Bass, a career diplomat scheduled to leave the country soon after being tapped by President Donald Trump to serve as ambassador to Afghanistan.
“If the ambassador acted on his own, then the US administration should not keep him there for a minute,” Erdogan said.
Nauert also disclosed Tuesday that a third US employee in Turkey was taken in for questioning but wasn’t arrested.