Turkey's nationalist party leader blasts Trump
Devlet Bahçeli, leader of the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), slammed United States President Donald Trump for his “unconscious and irresponsible attitude” and said he has become a “global security problem.”
“The U.S. president constantly breeds bad blood with his irresponsible and unconscious behavior in order to monopolize the future of the international community. Trump has become a global security problem,” he said, addressing MHP lawmakers in the parliament.
“Trump should not see Turkey like other countries that he sees as a disposable tea package, takes the bread out of their mouths and does a sword dance with,” Bahçeli added in an indirect reference to Saudi Arabia.
In an undiplomatic remark about its close ally Saudi Arabia last week, Trump warned Saudi Arabia’s King Salman he would not last in power “for two weeks” without the backing of the U.S. military.
Bahçeli recalled Trump’s statement “What kind of scandal is this?” said Bahçeli, calling Trump’s remarks “ugly” and “arrogant.”
The MHP leader said as long as “adventurer” Trump keeps the seat in the U.S. presidency, Turkey will hardly establish a relation of alliance on the basis of “stable, solid and in line with the spirit of allies” with the U.S. He accused the U.S. of giving arms to “terrorists” in reference to the YPG in Syria.
The U.S. has yet to keep its promise for the YPG to retreat from the Manbij region of Syria, he said.
“We have not seen any solid and convincing results yet,” Bahçeli said.