Frustrated by Trump, Turkey Willing to Settle for Gulen House Arrest Instead of Extradition

A picture taken on August 2, 2016 shows a picture of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen set up on a dummy at the Kizilay Square in front of a Turkish national flag in Ankara during a protest against the failed military coup, on August 2, 2016. Erdogan said on August 2, 2016 last month's attempted coup was a scenario drawn up from outside Turkey, in an allusion to possible foreign involvement in the plot. Erdogan, who blames the plot on the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, also described the coup as a 'scenario written from outside' in an allusion to foreign involvement. / AFP / ADEM ALTAN (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)
The administration of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long portrayed former imam Fethullah Gulen as the sinister mastermind who orchestrated last year’s failed coup attempt from his home in Pennsylvania. Turkey demanded Gulen’s extradition from both the Obama and Trump administrations and denounced their failure to hand him over as outrageous.