The president plays into the hands of Islamist Erdogan.
Al Qaeda, under the AP Stylebook, is no longer an Islamist group, even though its entire mission is Islamism. Its goal is to establish Islamic states under Islamic law. If you remove that aspect of it, then it no longer has an ideology.
Bloggers arrested, sexual assaults skyrocketing, while the U.S. sends more support to the Islamist regime.