The matter could emerge in Trump's meeting with Erdogan.
USA -backed Kurdish-led Syrian forces are advancing toward Raqqa after capturing several nearby towns and villages recently.
In a surprise announcement, the Pentagon said Trump had authorized the arming of Kurdish fighters within the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) "to ensure a clear victory over Daesh in Raqa".
The Trump administration has not specified the kinds of arms to be provided, but U.S. officials have indicated that 120 mm mortars, machine guns, ammunition and light armored vehicles were possibilities.
This order needs to be assessed in the context that for the better part of two-and-a-half years, U.S. Special Forces have been networking with, training and fighting beside Kurdish SDF in the field.
In the meantime, Obama-favoring media whitewashed the clumsiness, shortsightedness and failures of the former administration, and tried to dress up Turkey as the country that blows hot and cold, drags her feet and prevents intervention in the mess again and again.
It's a delicate balancing act for Washington to maintain relationships with both the Turks and the Kurds in Iraq and Syria. I also wrote many times on this column about the PKK's regional franchises and when and why the terrorist network changed is organization structure.
"We do not supply weapons to them and they do not particularly need our supply".
WASHINGTON (AP) The United States is on a collision course with its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey, pushing ahead with arming Syrian Kurds after deciding the immediate objective of defeating Islamic State militants outweighs the potential damage to a partnership vital to US interests in the volatile Middle East.
Turkey's military operation in northern Syria was effectively limited by both the USA and Russian Federation, and the whole affair was halted a while ago.
Turkey believes the Kurds in Syria are linked to a Turkish Kurdish group, known as the PKK, which the US, the European Union and Turkey all consider a terrorist organization. Long before Trump took office, US presidents have grappled with the fragility of partnering with Turkey's government and the Kurds to carry out a Middle East agenda.
A military official told VOA the United States will provide Kurdish forces around Raqqa with small arms, machine-guns, ammunition, and armored vehicles to counter improvised explosive devices and construction equipment.
He said hundreds of people were still missing in the town, with the bodies of many people killed in air strikes still believed to be under rubble. One possibility to explore is whether YPG militia could persuade the PKK to call off its current campaign against Turkey and return to the negotiating table. Their first face-to-face meeting, he said, would be a "milestone" in U.S.
And US and SDF officials say post-IS Raqa will be administered by a civilian council of local residents. The daily reported the effort could end up doubling the capacity of an intelligence fusion center in Ankara.
The decision, announced before Erdogan had a chance to make his case in person, is setting the two allies on a collision course after months of rising tensions. "If the alliance is to be overshadowed we'll have to sort things out for ourselves", Erdogan told reporters on Sunday, according to the pro-government Sabah newspaper.
Ankara wants the United States to cooperate instead with the Turkey-backed FSA (Free Syrian Army) to battle Daesh in Syria.
At the same time, his justice minister brought new evidence to support Turkey's long-standing extradition request for Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based Turkish cleric Erdogan holds responsible for a failed coup attempt last July. Bozdağ presented new evidence supporting the accusation that Gülen was involved in the attempted takeover as the process between Turkish and US judicial authorities continues in terms of procedure. Erdoğan is also likely to request the release of Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian businessman, and Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a deputy general manager of the Turkish state-owned Halk Bank, who are both on trial in the us for violating sanctions against Iran.style="text-align: center;"