Even though the White House press secretary said that Washington will not comment on the topic until the international monitors who oversaw the Turkish constitutional referendum process release their final report, U.S. President Donald Trump called his Turkish counterpart in order to congratulate him on his referendum victory.

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On Monday evening, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that the White House will only comment on the results of the Turkish constitutional referendum after the international monitors release their final report. However, reports in Turkey claim that U.S. President Donald Trump has already called his Turkish counterpart in order to congratulate him on his victory.

Sources within Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government have stated that the U.S. president congratulated Erdogan on his narrow victory, which greatly expands his presidential powers. Erdogan responded by criticizing the international election monitors, saying that they need to “know their place.”

An official White House press statement confirmed the Turkish reports: “President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to congratulate him on his recent referendum victory and to discuss the United States’ action in response to the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons on April 4.”

A few hours earlier, Spicer said during a press briefing that the U.S. will wait until the international commission of election monitors completes its report: “Before we start getting into their government system, let this commission get through its work.”