Jul 20 2018

Erdoğan “most dangerous guy in the world” – former Trump advisor Bannon

The reason that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Donald Trump get along so well is that the U.S. leader is attracted to strong personalities, his former advisor Steve Bannon told CNBC on Thursday.

“He gravitates to personalities that are strong personalities. He likes President Xi, he likes Erdoğan, who I think is the most dangerous guy in the world, and I think he’s attracted to Putin because he looks at those people as strong leaders of their countries,” Bannon said.

“They’re nationalist, they put their countries first, and they get on with it, and they don’t care what other people think.”

Bannon also defended Trump against accusations that he had capitulated to Russian President Vladimir Putin at a recent summit in Helsinki.

“I thought the press conference was fine. I would like to be a little stronger, maybe, about the meddling, but at the end of the day, and the Democrats are just going to have to embrace this, the meddling is on the margins, right? It’s just not that big a deal,” he said.