White House to arrange Trump-Erdogan phone call

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The White House is working to arrange a telephone call between President Donald Trump and newly re-elected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan will extend his rule and assume sweeping new powers after winning presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that arrangements are being made to set up a call between Trump and Erdogan to "reaffirm our strong bond."

She says the U.S. also encourages Turkey to take steps to strengthen its democracy and continue progress toward resolving issues between them.

Critics of the election result say it essentially ushers in one-man rule and puts someone with increasingly autocratic tendencies at the helm of a strategically significant NATO country.