Erdoğan slams CHP over photograph of former leader İnönü holding U.S. flag

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday blasted the opposition leader for his criticism of Ankara's recent move to seek help for Turkey’s troubled economy from the United States while displaying a photograph of the party's former chairman holding the U.S. flag, pro-government Hürriyet daily reported.

Erdoğan’s comments at a leading Justice and Development Party (AKP) meeting in Ankara's Kızılcahamam district arrive amid an ongoing spat with the country’s opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu over Ankara’s deal with U.S. management consultancy firm McKinsey & Co. Erdoğan on Sunday cancelled the deal announced by his son-in-law and Ministry of Treasury and Finance Berat Albayrak, which was intended to help Turkey out of a financial crisis triggered by a diplomatic row between Washington and Ankara, following backlash from the CHP, among others.

The CHP leader called out Erdoğan for blaming foreign powers for the downturn in the country’s economy’s, while shaking hands with a U.S. company to run its economy.

Meanwhile, in a tweet, historian Sinan Meydan added that former president İnönü was also holding Turkish flag together but was not mentioned or shown during Erdoğan speech.

The Turkish president slammed Kılıçdaroğlu for aligning himself with Turkey’s enemies, calling him a ‘’coward.’’

Erdoğan shared a black and white photograph of Turkey's second president and former CHP chairman İsmet İnönü waving the U.S. flag, stressing that it is the CHP who has been quick to turn to the United States for help.

Erdoğan recalled Turkey’s IMF debt as being $ 23.5 billion when the AKP came into power in 2002, stressing that it was paid off in fully by 2013.

‘’It is out of question for Turkey to cross paths with the IMF. Turkey has closed that chapter forever,’’ Turkey’s strongman said.

Turkey's IMF debt corresponded to 17 percent of the country’s total debt of $130 billion in 2002.