epa10632971 US President Joe Biden delivers remarks during the 2023 Emily’s List Gala at The Anthem in Washington, DC, USA, May 16, 2023. EPA, Sarah Silbiger, POOL
By MICHALIS IGNATIOU
Hellas Magazine, Washington
US President Joe Biden as Democratic Party candidate for the November 2020 elections, had sat down with a group of reporters from the New York Times, in a comprehensive, comprehensive interview.
It was agreed that it would be recorded and published in its entirety by the newspaper, in its online edition, as it was on January 17, 2020. Two days later it was also published in the regular newspaper.
Mr. Biden, as can be seen in the video, was in a good mood and answered without fear, but with passion, all the questions from the journalists of the prestigious American newspaper.
As not many expected, the future president of America was also asked about Turkey’s strongman, the troublesome and delinquent Tayyip Erdogan. Mr. Biden did not mince words in his words. As one of the few politicians in the United States who knows Turkey’s Islamist president inside out and messes with him, his views are shocking.
- He knows him very well. He had to calm him down when he acted in an anti-American and anti-Western manner and in 2014 he apologized when he was deemed to have insulted Islam.
Again, in 2016, he was forced to travel to Turkey, as Barack Obama’s vice president, to assure him that the United States was not behind the “coup” of 15his July of the same year. After all, the Americans knew it was an elegant coup, one that would not have failed if they had planned it themselves.
Mr. Biden later also made statements, following his meeting with Erdogan, in which he was adamant about Washington’s non-involvement.
From his statements to the newspaper’s journalists, it is clear that he does not have the slightest love for the president of Turkey. And he confesses that he must be overthrown, but through elections, not with a coup. He even emphasizes it twice.
As president of the United States, he never invited him to visit the White House. We don’t know if he will if Erdogan is re-elected on May 28.
But she met him in several European capitals, where their disagreements were not hidden, although the American advertisements did not always tell the truth, except in one case in Rome. White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has admitted that the relationship with Erdogan is difficult.
At the briefing by an unnamed official, who everyone knew to be Mr. Sullivan, there were negative comments about Erdogan. The Americans had decided not to clash head-on with the Turkish president, but they hadn’t coddled him either.
- At the same time, they made the decision to strengthen their relations with Greece as much as possible. Furthermore, they returned in force to the eastern Mediterranean, involving the Republic of Cyprus.
Please read the text of the questions and answers below because they are revealing (and enjoyable). Along with the statements, we publish the video in question:
NEW YORK TIMES: Are you comfortable with the US continuing to have nuclear weapons in Turkey, given Erdogan’s behaviour? [ΣΗΜΕΙΩΣΗ: Οι Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες έχουν περίπου 50 πυρηνικά όπλα με βάση την Τουρκία. Αυτό άρχισε να προκαλεί δημόσιο διάλογο μετά την επίθεση της Τουρκίας στη Συρία τον Οκτώβριο].
BIDEN: The answer is that my comfort level has dropped a lot. I have spent a lot of time with Erdogan. [ΣΗΜΕΙΩΣΗ: Ο Μπάιντεν έπρεπε να προσφέρει στον Πρόεδρο Ρετζέπ Ταγίπ Ερντογάν μια επίσημη συγγνώμη το 2014 μετά τα σχόλια που έκανε ότι η Τουρκία έπαιξε ρόλο στην άνοδο του Ισλαμικού Κράτους (ISIS), προκαλώντας διπλωματικές εντάσεις].
More than anyone in the government because Erdogan concluded that he would only talk to me because he believed that I was not anti-Islam. Remember when I made that speech in NATO saying, when (Erdoğan) was elected: “You should have come closer.
This is an opportunity to bring in another Muslim country.” And you knew why they acted as they did in other countries in Europe, not to reach out at all to the first elections. We had –
NEW YORK TIMES: You mean because of the anti-Muslim prejudice.
BIDEN: Yes. I’ve spent a lot of time with him. He is bossy. He is the president of Türkiye and many more. What I think we need to do is take a very different approach to him now, making it clear that we support the opposition leadership.
Making it clear that we are in a position where we have a way that has been working for a while to integrate the Kurdish population who wanted to participate in the process in their parliament etc. Because we need to talk about what we really think is wrong.
You must pay a price. You have to pay a price for whether or not we continue to sell you certain weapons. In fact, if you have the air defense system that the F-15s fly in (ps: you mean the F-35s) to see how they can try to figure out how to do it.
So it worries me a lot. I am very concerned about this. But I still believe that if we engaged more directly like I did with them, we could support those elements of the Turkish leadership that are still there and get more of them and encourage them so that they can take over and defeat Erdogan. Not with a coup, not with a coup, but with the electoral process.
He flew away. She broke out in Constantinople, she broke out in his party. So what do we do now? We just sit there and break down. And the last thing he would do is give in to the Kurds. It is the absolute ultimate.
I had a few of these meetings with him about the Kurds, and they didn’t work out at the time. We need to make it clear that they do, because, at the end of the day, Turkey doesn’t want to have to rely on Russia.
They’ve been biting on that apple for a long time. But they understood that we are not going to continue playing with them as we have done. So I’m very worried. I’m very worried. I am very concerned about our airports and also about access to them.
And I think a lot of work is needed to be able to unite with our allies in the region and confront him, isolate his actions in the region, particularly in the Eastern Mediterranean in relation to oil and many other things. in which it takes a long time to report. But the answer is yes, I’m worried.
NOTE: This was the conclusion of those statements by the current President of America. And every serious analyst thinks the same as normal people. Why would Joe Biden’s opinion of Tayyip Erdogan have changed?
Of course, it has not changed. She is still the same. So, if the current president of Turkey is re-elected, as it appears, and if he remains the same, as he has been until now, we will witness an interesting political and diplomatic “match” the likes of which we may not have seen before. …
Erdogan last week accused Biden of conspiring with the Turkish opposition to overthrow him. It’s basically what he believes. He will never get out of his head what he really believes: that Christian America is the enemy of Muslim Turkey…
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