President Donald Trump did not commit during a meeting with Turkish President RecepTayyip Erdoğan at the G20 summit two weeks ago to extradite Fethullah Gülen, a senior White House official said on Dec. 17.
Turkey has long been pressing on its NATO ally for the extradition of Gülen, the leader of FETÖ that is widely believed to have led the deadly failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
The statement came two days after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Ankara was informed by U.S. officials about an ongoing FBI probe on FETÖ’s tax evasion.
The NBC reported last month that the White House was looking for ways to extradite Gülenin order to placate Turkey over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in a development that followed the release of U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson. But, Trump had denied the report stressing the U.S. administration was not considering the extradition of Gülen.