Trump could extradite Gulen, says Ted Malloch

US-based cleric and leader of Gulenist movement Fethullah Gulen (right) and President Donald Trump.

American author and professor Ted Malloch talked to Turkish news channel NTV about the possible extradition of Fethullah Gulen, the US-based cleric accused by the Turkish government of masterminding last year’s coup attempt.

Malloch, tipped to be President Trump’s ambassador to the EU, said, “I believe the Trump administration could well extradite Fethullah Gulen. Someone behind such an attempt is living on our soil. Turkey is a NATO country and we have a strategic partnership.”

Malloch also said that he believed “Trump and [Turkish President] Erdogan would get on very well,” adding that, “their talents and characters have significant similarities. I believe that Erdogan’s hope of making Turkey great again and Trump’s efforts on making America great are similar targets. I believe that he knows Turkey is important not just economically but also politically and militarily.”

On a question about whether he thought an American alliance with the YPG under the Obama administration would change under Trump, Malloch said, “The American administration has changed and many things have reversed 180 degrees; we are going down a new route. I would not be surprised if there was a completely different military policy. We have to know that there are terrorists fighting against Turkey, we need to take this into account. The new plan to fight against the Islamic State ordered by President Trump will be announced in the days ahead.”