Turkish officials continued to criticize statements by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in a video shared on social media over the weekend, Bloomberg reported.
In the documentary series The Weekly, which focuses on the development of iconic headlines in the New York Times, Biden spoke about his vision of the US relationship with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom he called an 'autocrat'. The former US vice president also said he would give courage to the Turkish opposition to defeat Erdogan if he becomes president.
The video caused a negative reaction, Turkish politicians and political scientists expressed their disapproval.
"It’s very interesting for a presidential candidate who has also served as a vice president to make such mistakes," Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said after meeting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Dominican Republic on Sunday.
Faik Oztrak, the spokesman for Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party, said Turkey's political opposition cares about the interests of the nation, not the United States.
"Our democracy and the pursuit of freedom do not need the patronage of imperialism," Oztrak wrote on Twitter.