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Trump Says He’ll Golf With Tiger Woods, Speak With Erdogan

Bloomberg logo Bloomberg 11/24/2017 Margaret Talev
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(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump said he plans to speak to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday before playing golf with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson.

Trump is in Florida, where he went to spend Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday at a resort he owns. The White House rarely says whether he’s playing golf when he’s at one of his courses.

His call with Erdogan comes after the Turkish leader met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani this week to discuss a Syria peace settlement. Putin’s plan got a boost on Friday when Syria’s opposition agreed to form a single bloc to negotiate with President Bashar al-Assad.

Trump tweeted that with Erdogan he’ll discuss “bringing peace to the mess that I inherited in the Middle East. I will get it all done, but what a mistake, in lives and dollars (6 trillion), to be there in the first place!”

Trump said on Twitter that he’ll play golf “quickly” at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida, after the call, then go “back to Mar-a-Lago for talks on bringing even more jobs and companies back to the USA!”

Trump and Woods have golfed together before, last December in Florida after Trump was elected and before he was sworn into office. Woods has 79 PGA tour victories, three short of tying the all-time record, according to the association. Johnson, another American player, is #1 in the PGA’s official world golf ranking.

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