Sep 26, 2020 05:21 UTC
  • Ankara lashes out at Pelosi for suggesting Turkey not democratic

The Turkish foreign minister has slammed US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “blatant ignorance” for suggesting that Turkey is not democratic.

In remarks meant primarily against US President Donald Trump, Pelosi had said the US president “admires [Russian President Vladimir] Putin… [North Korean leader] Kim Jong-un… [and President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan in Turkey,” suggesting that they presided over non-democratic regimes.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a tweet on Friday that Pelosi’s rise to the position of the speaker of the House of Representatives was “what is truly worrisome for American democracy, given her blatant ignorance.”

“You will learn to respect the Turkish people’s will,” Cavusoglu said, addressing Pelosi.

The Turkish president’s top press aide, Fahrettin Altun, also decried Pelosi’s comments as “careless.”

Trump had earlier said that he wouldn’t accept the results of the upcoming presidential election in November if he loses, preemptively refusing to concede and setting America up for political chaos. Pelosi said in reaction to that remark that Trump was living in America, not in Turkey.