Another #Erdogan ally newspaper calls US @VP @JoeBiden as 'Higher Mind', implicating US behind coup bid in Turkey pic.twitter.com/xPVGW2nRqD— Abdullah Bozkurt (@abdbozkurt) August 24, 2016
Erdogan ally newspaper calls US VP Biden 'Higher Mind', implicating US behind coup, depicting him with yarmulke. (Bloomberg).
From the minute he stepped off the plane on Wednesday, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Turkey seemed ill-fated.
Intended to smooth relations frayed by last month’s botched coup, Biden’s visit instead showcased acrimony with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey sent low-ranking officials -- including Ankara’s deputy mayor -- to greet Biden at the airport. And even before the vice president’s visit ended, the Daily Sabah, a pro-Erdogan newspaper, declared that "Biden wasted a trip, Turkey wasted time."
The Daily Sabah the day before Quote: "Turkey will have to suspend its relations with the U.S. " http://www.dailysabah.com/editorial/2016/08/23/biden-has-a-mountain-to-climb …
Biden -- the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Turkey since the coup -- was apologetic and conciliatory during his joint news conference with Erdogan. As the vice president spoke, the Turkish leader sat back in his chair, stone-faced.
Biden repeatedly offered condolences for the coup, sounding a different note than his boss, President Barack Obama, who chastised Turkish officials in July for spreading rumors that the U.S. was responsible. Biden called the coup’s perpetrators "terrorists," reflecting Erdogan’s language, and said, "I wish I could have been here earlier."
"I want to make it unmistakably clear that the United States stands with our ally, Turkey,” Biden said. "Our support is absolute and it is unwavering."
After Biden’s remarks, Erdogan called the relationship with the U.S. "a model partnership" but then accused Gulen of operating a global terrorist network from Pennsylvania and demanded that the U.S. immediately detain the preacher, in part to prevent him from being interviewed by journalists.
"The Constitution and our laws require for someone to be extradited that a court of the United States has to conclude there’s probable cause to extradite," Biden said, explaining that the judicial branch is co-equal with Congress and the president. "How long it will take will depend on what evidence is presented. Thus far, until yesterday, there has been no evidence presented about the coup."
"God willing, there will be enough data and evidence to meet the criteria that you all believe exists," Biden said later. Hmmm......Islamist Turkey is a cancer growing insadide NATO's womb, it's time to remove it. Read the full story here.
Daily Sabah: Biden wasted a trip, Turkey wasted time https://t.co/IuuNke6a7q— ilhan tanir (@WashingtonPoint) August 24, 2016
Biden's sly smile, insincere apology.. pic.twitter.com/RAKUOF0r1C