Trump congratulates Erdogan on referendum win

Trump congratulates Erdogan on referendum win

US President Donald Trump called to congratulate Recep Tayyip Erdogan hours after the Turkish president claimed a narrow victory in a contested referendum that will grant him sweeping new powers, according to the White House.

"Trump called Erdogan tonight (Monday) and congratulated him on his success in the referendum," Turkish presidential sources said, quoted by the government run Anadolu news agency.

The White House in a statement later on Monday said that the two leaders discussed a range of topics in addition to the vote in Turkey, the Telegraph reported.

"President Donald Trump spoke today with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to congratulate him on his recent referendum victory and to discuss the United States's action in response to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons on April 4th," the White House statement said.