Erdoğan: U.S. is threatening me and my intelligence chief
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused the United States on Wednesday of threatening him, Turkey’s financial institutions and its intelligence chief, T24 news site reported.
In a speech to his parliamentary party, the president reiterated his opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan, which he says is heavily biased against Palestinians living under Israeli occupation, before launching into a tirade against the U.S. government.
“Right now, the United States is threatening both myself and my intelligence chief,” Erdoğan said. “What’s more, it has threatened some of Turkey’s financial institutions. But whatever they do, they won’t succeed.”
Though no notable threats from the United States to the head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organisation, Hakan Fidan, have been reported, Turkish media outlets interpreted an article published by an Israeli newspaper last month as a call for his assassination.
Erdoğan and various Turkish government officials and state institutions faced possible sanctions last year after Turkey launched a military operation against Kurdish-led groups that partnered the United States in northern Syria. Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank is also facing trial after being indicted on charges of helping to break U.S. sanctions on Iran.