Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is doubling down on repeated accusations that the U.S. is supporting the Islamic State.
“It’s very clear. We have confirmed evidence with pictures, photos, and videos,” the Turkish president told reporters last week.
Furthermore, on Friday, a government associate of Erdogan’s, lawmaker Şamil Tayyar, claimed the CIA was the true culprit behind the New Year’s nightclub attack in Istanbul.
Then on Monday, Erdogan claimed that despite being NATO allies he cannot call the U.S. a “friend” of Turkey.
Obama administration and State Department spokesman Mark Toner is vehemently denying the allegations of secret U.S.-ISIS relations, claiming they are “ludicrous” and “unfounded.”
“No basis for truth, as you can all imagine. I don’t think anyone could look at our actions on the ground leading the coalition in northern Syria, in Iraq and say anything other than that we’re 100 percent behind the defeat, destruction of ISIS.”
According to The Daily Caller, another anonymous State Department official claims the allegations are false:
“We note with concern that Turkish media and Turkish officials have made incendiary and false accusations that the United States in some way facilitated this attack. These allegations are false, and the people spreading these allegations are distorting the truth. Such false stories threaten both the ties between our nations and the safety of our citizens.”
In concurrence with Erdogan, some U.S. officials have accused the Obama administration of being ISIS enablers. In December, Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a member of the House Committees on Foreign Affairs and Armed Services, claimed the United States is funding and arming the Islamic State through the CIA.
President-elect Donald Trump has also repeatedly accused President Obama of being the “founder of ISIS.”
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