A day after President Donald Trump’s use of a Twitter hashtag to call out Turkey for its “Turkish Calling” on Twitter, the Turkish President has made a rare public appearance, in the White House briefing room.
Trump said, “I think we have to make it clear to the Turks.
Turkey is not the problem.
We have to say that.”
He added that Turkey is “very, very bad at it,” but added that “we have to do it.”
Trump also called Turkey’s president “very smart.”
“I think Turkey is going to be a very important country,” Trump said.
“They have a very, very strong military, a very strong economy, very powerful military.
And I think we’re going to have a lot of very, much-needed jobs in Turkey, because I think they’re going have to stop calling people names, because we’re not going to let that happen.”
Trump has called for the Turkish military to be deployed on the U.S. soil to prevent the country from becoming a sanctuary for terrorists.
He also warned that Ankara’s military might could become a “threat to our allies in the region.”
Turkey has been a member of NATO since 1994.
The Turkish government has repeatedly denied any links to terrorist groups, and the government has said it has never cooperated with the U of A investigation.