The Turkish president had Donald Trump and Republican senators watch the anti-Kurdish propaganda film
& # 39; A 10-year-old with iMovie could have done better & # 39 ;: White House assistants mock anti-Kurdish propaganda film shown by Turkish President Donald Trump and Republican senators at the Oval Office meeting
- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan brought out an iPad in the Oval Office to show a short propaganda film that paints American Kurdish allies as terrorists
- Five hawk Republican senators and President Trump were stunned
- Lindsey Graham asked Erdoğan if he wanted him to ask the JKurds to make a video about him
- White house assistants mock the video themselves and called it unfounded
- One said: & # 39; a 10-year-old with iMovie could have done better & # 39 ;; another said that a witness was the & # 39; ISIS propaganda film made by the guys from South Park & # 39; had mentioned
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan surprised a group of Hawk Republican senators in the Oval Office on Wednesday by producing an iPad and playing what witnesses called a propaganda video portraying the Kurdish allies of America as terrorists.
Axios reported Thursday that President Donald Trump was sitting and watching the resulting fireworks after he and the legislators watched the video in bewildered silence.
A White House official told DailyMail.com on Thursday that & yes, we are all talking about it. Erdoğan brought in a weak video that looked like a 10-year-old with iMovie could have done better. & # 39;
It threw down two different groups of Kurds as terrorist aggressors: the YPG, which financed the United States in a war against the ISIS terror army, and the PKK, both of which the US and Turkey regard as terrorists.
According to the official, the iPad video made little distinction between the two. A second official said that a senior officer in the room had laughed out loud after the meeting – he said the images looked like an ISIS propaganda film made by the South Park boys. & # 39;
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 13: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (center) had President Donald Trump and a group of republican senators watch a rough propaganda film on his iPad depicting American Kurdish allies as terrorists
Trump, pictured at a press conference that followed, remained free from the fireworks that followed the unexpected screening, which allowed senators to largely fight it out with the Turkish president
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (right) is said to have asked Erdoğan if he wanted to see a Kurdish film about atrocities he had committed
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham was not impressed, in accordance with Axios, and asked Erdoğan: & Well, do you want me to go get the Kurds and make one about what you did? & # 39;
The Turkish embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
The Turkish president insisted on the Oval Office meeting and on a tense joint press conference that followed that his country had fought aggressively against ISIS.
Graham pushed back and told the website: & # 39; I strongly rejected the Turkish story that they did more to destroy ISIS and I told Turkey that 10,000 SDF hunters, mainly Kurds, have suffered, died or were injured in the fight against ISIS, and America will not forget that and will not abandon them. & # 39;
Trump has provided less support, giving Erdoğan a clear path to invade Kurdish northern Syrian territory by withdrawing US troops.
Turkey is committed to avoiding the threat of US sanctions for buying a missile defense system from Russia instead of a similar product from an American contractor.
Erdoğan raised eyebrows and blood pressure during an uncomfortable joint press conference with Trump, who exploded the congress because he recognized the age-old Armenian genocide and demanded the extradition of an Islamic clergyman accusing him of an attempted coup in 2016
Erdoğan wants to buy a fleet of F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin, a complex question because the Russian S-400 missiles are considered incompatible with the aircraft.
The rocket purchase, plus Erdoğan's military pressure on Syria, has created enemies among the Republicans in Congress.
Senator Ted Cruz said in a statement that he & # 39; president Erdoğan made it clear that as long as the US continues to buy or deploy the S-400 air defense system from Russia, the US will not sell F-35 fighter jets to Turkey & # 39 ;.
Other senators in the Oval Office backed up Cruz and Graham, including Chairman of Foreign Relations Jim Risch.
Erdoğan raised his eyebrows and blood pressure on Wednesday during an uncomfortable joint press conference with Trump, blaming Congress for recognizing the age-old Armenian genocide and demanding the extradition of an Islamic clergyman who accuses him of an attempted coup in 2016.
He told reporters in Turkey Thursday after his return home that he was open to adding US-made missiles to his arsenal, but would not return the Russian weapons.
& # 39; We said we could buy Patriots, & # 39; he said, but we consider the proposal to completely remove the S-400s to be an interference with our sovereign rights. & # 39;
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