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In Trump's standoff with Turkey, two tough-guy leaders and a deal gone wrong

President Donald Trump, left, talks with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, as they arrive together for a family photo at a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday. Foto: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Thursday appeared to publicly acknowledge for the first time that his administration helped negotiate the release of a Turkish national being held in Israel as part of a broader deal that would have freed an American pastor jailed in Turkey.

The breakdown of the deal has led to weeks of increasing tensions between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that threaten the relationship between the United States and a key NATO ally that straddles Europe and the Middle East...

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