Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told a citizen who said he couldn't bring home bread that he should enjoy a nice cup of tea, a video posted by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy chair Veli Ağbaba showed.
The footage was taken during an exchange President Erdoğan had with local bus drivers, Ağbaba noted, where the workers were telling the president of their problems.
"Workers: We can't bring home bread!
Erdoğan: That sounds like a huge exaggeration to me. Here, enjoy this nice cup of tea," Ağbaba noted in a tweet accompanying the video.
?Bu görüntüler bugün Malatya'da çekildi!— Veli AĞBABA (@veliagbaba) October 25, 2020
Minibüsçüler ve servisçiler, Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan'a dertlerini anlatıyor.
Esnaf: "Evimize ekmek götüremiyoruz!"
Erdoğan: "Bu laf bana abartı geldi. Al bu keyif çayını iç." pic.twitter.com/4c7Ivkkcc1
Visiting the eastern province for a mass opening ceremony, the president handed out bags of tea to locals from his bus.
The president's words evoked the infamous quote of French ruler Marie-Antoinette von Österreich-Lothringen, who said that her people should eat cake if they can't find bread.
"From France in 1789 to Turkey in 2020, from Marie Antoinette who said 'eat cake if you can't find bread' to Erdoğan who says 'enjoy a nice cup of tea if you can't find bread,'" the deputy chair noted in a following tweet.
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