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Senator McCain’s surprise visit to President Erdogan, whom he called a dictator previously

Following a visit by CIA President Mike Pompeo and US Chief of Staff General Joseph Dunford to Ankara, US Republican senator John McCain made a surprise visit to Turkey today.

Senator McCain, a critical opponent of US President Donald Trump, met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at his presidential palace in Ankara.

Senator McCain, who is the Chair of the Senate’s Armed Services Committee, is known for his controversial remarks about Erdoğan during Turkey’s Gezi Park Protests in 2013.  At the time, McCain said, “I think Mr. Erdoğan, in the view of many Turkish people, is becoming more like a dictator than a prime minister or a president.”

McCain made Bass to admit Erdogan’s policies are authoritarian

Senator McCain, during current US Ambassador John Bass’ confirmation hearing in July 2014, also grilled the nominee Bass for his unwillingness to call Erdogan’s efforts to change constitution and suppressing Twitter, Youtube as “authoritarian.” That exchange is here. McCain then told Bass, if he didn’t admit Erdogan’s policies are a drift for authoritarianism, then he will put a hold on his nomination. Then Bass finally said, “yes” after 3 minutes and 25 seconds.

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Editor: Leyla Magdalena Amur

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