Turkey’s Dictator Names Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump As Leaders He Admires Most
President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among the very few world leaders admired by Turkey’s authoritarian leader, The Associated Press reported this week.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told university students during a Tuesday question and answer session that there are no European leaders he admires, saying: "When we look at Europe, there is a serious leadership crisis, a leadership vacuum. I don't find the courage in myself to say such and such leader is exemplary in Europe."
But in Trump and Putin — along with Qatar's Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani — Erdogan sees leadership to be admired.
"Whether you like him or not, Mr. Trump is an important name. He has no hidden agenda," the Turkish president said. "He says things to me in a clear and open way, and I tell him things in a very open way."
He also characterized Putin as having “no hidden agenda” and as he did Trump, Erdogan praised the Russian leader for being frank and open. Further, Erdogan believes that he and Putin will be able to accomplish peace in Syria, where the two leaders are working together.
Trump, who seems to have an affinity for authoritarian leaders, said last week at the NATO summit that he has a great relationship with Turkey.