Trump’s Turkish Ally Erdogan Stays Mum on Biden Victory

Donald J. Trump participates in a joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Erdogan in 2019. Credit: White House

As world leaders, including Greece’s Kyriakos Mitsotakis, rushed to congratulate Joe Biden for his victory in the 2020 Presidential elections, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, remained silent.

Erdogan, along with the leaders of Russia, Israel, Iran, Hungary, Saudi Arabia and China, offered no initial congratulations to the president-elect.

The Turkish leader, who enjoyed exceptionally warm ties to the White House under Trump, was among those who stayed mum.

The only official response from Turkey was from main opposition leader who congratulated the incoming US president and vice president on their electoral victory.

“I would like to congratulate Joe Biden for his election as the 46th President of the United States of America and Kamala Harris as Vice-President,” Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), said in English on Twitter.

“I look forward to strengthening Turkish-American relations and our strategic alliance,” he added.

The close ties between Trump and Erdogan were are once again in the spotlight a few days before the presidential elections.

In two separate reports, The New York Times and Reuters highlighted the questionable relationship between the two men, as they reveal that the White House quashed an investigation into a Turkish bank suspected of violating U.S. sanctions law, and stopped the imposition of sanctions on Turkey after the country acquired a Russian missile system.