In May Barack Obama praised jihad-supporting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as his “friend and colleague… We find ourselves in frequent agreement upon a wide range of issues.”
This week Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan commented that he was trying to “raise himself from the level of a black person to the level of a white man.”
In comments made about Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the center-left and secular Republican Peoples Party (CHP), Erdoğan declared, “Kılıçdaroğlu is striving every bit he can to raise himself from the level of a black person to the level of a white man.”
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The comments were made during a weekly meeting of his Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Commentary Magazine, which spotted the report in Turkey’s Gazeticiler online newspaper, notes that “President Obama has described Erdoğan as one of the few leaders with whom he has developed bonds of trust,” calling into question the US’s awareness of how Erdoğan speaks for domestic consumption.
There was no comment from the White House.