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Erdogan backs Trump against CNN: “Look how Trump put CNN reporter or columnist in his place”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised US President-elect Donald Trump’s reaction to CNN’s Jim Acosta during a press conference, in which he refused to take a question from CNN reporter, calling him fake news.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to a group of headmen in the Presidential Complex on Thursday, 12 January 2017, as he regularly does. Erdogan reminded the audience that Donald Trump, who organized the first press conference yesterday after being elected, did not allow CNN’s senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta to ask a question and saying “Look, a mistake done against Trump during his press conference and Trump put that group’s (CNN) reporter or columnist in place.”

To be precise, President Erdogan used “benzetmek” in Turkish which roughly means “beating someone badly” or “beating someone down.” Erdogan then moved to  remind the audience CNN’s extensive live broadcast during Gezi protests in June 2013.

In a swipe at Obama during his final days in office, President Erdogan said he hoped a “consensus” would be reached with the President-elect that would allow both sides to solve “regional issues” on Monday.

While not detailing on what they may be, it is thought he could be referring to the war in Syria and US support for a Kurdish militia group fighting Isis.

“I believe we will accelerate dialogue when Mr Trump takes office,” the Turkish leader told a conference of Turkish ambassadors.

“I believe we will reach a consensus with Mr Trump, particularly on regional issues.”

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