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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has responded to criticism on laughing during a speech he made on the deaths of over 30 Turkish soldiers, saying that it constitutes "a diabolic campaign."
In a speech he made on Feb. 29, Erdoğan talked about a phone conversation he had with U.S. President Donald Trump, as he joked about the oil in Syria's Qamishli being less than the amount in Deir al-Zor.
The fact that he laughed during a speech about the death of Turkish troops was slammed on social media.
During his meeting with a group of Istanbul lawmakers of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the footage of his speech was screened.Turkey downs Syrian jet in Idlib
When asked about the issue, Erdoğan said that the criticisms constitute a "diabolic campaign."
"There's irony there. I talked about a conversation I had with Trump. The whole conversation was ironic," daily Hürriyet cited Erdoğan as saying.
"This is a diabolic campaign. I'm surprised to see this approach that's far from our values," he added.