Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Trump, Erdogan Shake Hands at UN With Major Tensions Unresolved

President Donald Trump waves during his arrival at the United Nations during the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 25, 2018.

President Donald Trump waves during his arrival at the United Nations during the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 25, 2018.

Photographer: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met briefly backstage at the United Nations General Assembly, shaking hands but not engaging on key tensions dividing the two NATO allies.

Due to a switch in the speaking order at the UN on Tuesday, Erdogan ended up following Trump to the General Assembly podium, bringing the two presidents together. The interaction was brief and cordial, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter.