President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
U.S. President Donald Trump told Andrew Brunson that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan "was very good" despite the pastor's ordeal. “I have to say, to me, President Erdoğan was very good. I know they had you scheduled for a long time and you were a very innocent person, and he ultimately, after we had a few conversations, agreed," Trump said.
Those who are ruling the country are spending so much energy on blaming vague foreign powers for all the wrong and bad management. If they could have channeled this energy to understanding the problems of the country, then we would have gone a long way and truly would have made these “foreign powers” envious of ourselves.
Future Party leader Ahmet Davutoğlu has said that Turkey's natural gas find in the Black Sea has turned into a personal promotion of Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak. "It's against the morals of a state to make such a find, which made all of us happy, become a personal promotion of a minister that destroyed Turkey's economy," Davutoğlu, who is also the former prime minister, said.
Turkey said on Aug. 23 that its Oruç Reis exploration vessel will now carry out seismic surveys in a disputed part of the eastern Mediterranean until Aug. 27, in a move likely to stoke tensions in the region. Turkey has also been exploring for hydrocarbon resources in the Black Sea.
Turkey shows disregard towards Byzantine and Christian cultural heritage and fails to fulfil its promise to maintain free access to Hagia Sophia, Nikolay Balashov, an archpriest of the Russian Orthodox Church, said, addressing Ankara's latest decision to convert the historic Chora church into a mosque. The archpriest added that Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople has fully lost influence "at home."
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with Hamas leadership in Istanbul on Aug. 22. The group's leader Ismail Haniyeh and its number two figure Saleh al-Arouri, who was designated as a terrorist by the U.S. and has a $5 million bounty on his head, attended the meeting. The meeting was held amid escalated cross-border tensions between Israel and Hamas.
A Twitter account said to be related to the Pelican Group, an informal formation with influence and close ties to President Erdoğan, has removed its video comparing presidential aides Altun and Kalın with each other other. The video defends Altun against the opposition and somehow ends up bashing Kalın. After the video was released, Kalın on Twitter shared a message in which he urged for "patience in the face of calamity."
Istanbul's ancient Chora Museum will be opened for Muslim prayers, the Official Gazette reported on August 21, weeks following the first mass prayers held in the iconic Hagia Sophia in decades. Built as a church by Byzantines, Chora was turned into a museum in 1945, a status that the president annulled in 2019.
Turkey's Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun urged everyone to "ignore" speculation about what President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will reveal on Aug. 21. The president said that his "good news" would be the start of a "new era" in Turkey.
The Turkish Lira barely responded to news that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan would announce "good news" on Aug. 21 that would propel the country into "a new era." The currency showed a mere 0.07 lira drop against the dollar as experts contemplate that the "good news" is a new energy source for Turkey in the Black Sea.
AKP Old Guard’s oppressive statements on women and their glorification of the family at the expense of women no longer sit well with the young conservatives, particularly women.
No Kurd would accept being a legionary of imperialists, AKP spokesperson says in response to Biden’s remarks
No Kurd would accept being a legionary of imperialists, AKP spokesperson Ömer Çelik has said in response to U.S. Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden's past remarks. Çelik on Aug. 18 deemed Biden's remarks "a major attack against Kurds" and said that he aims to show the Kurds as his employees or an extension of his policies.
Women in Turkey started a social media campaign in favor of Istanbul Convention, a key piece of legislation that protects women's rights in Turkey. AKP's central board will discuss during a Central Executive Board (MYK) meeting whether Turkey should withdraw from Istanbul Convention.
Gov’t slammed Biden’s past remarks now since it waited for opposition to react first: Presidential aide
Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun has responded to criticism on why the Turkish government responded to U.S. Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden's past remarks on backing the opposition so late. "We should reveal why the opposition was silent for all this time. What we're facing here is an 'Erdoğan must leave no matter how' syndrome. Our call is for you to respect the nation's will," Altun said.
A police helicopter forced two paragliders to land to ensure security as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was in a moving car below them. The paragliders were on a weekend glide when a police helicopter approached them and started circling around them until instructor Ömer Yılmaz signaled that he would land on the ground.