White House

Erdoğan-Biden on call again, as Ankara sets up crisis desk on Iraq

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has discussed the growing insurgency in Iraq with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the second time in three days, while Ankara established a crisis desk to inform the Turkish public daily about 80 Turks taken hostage by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in northern Iraq.

Why doesn’t the White House spokesperson get scolded?

“White House spokespersons,” whenever they appear before the press, fire away at our prime minister in slight or not-so-slight doses. They sometimes say that our prime minister’s words are “ridiculous.”
For our prime minister, they are saying, “We have warned him.”

For certain practices of our prime minister, they are saying they are “unacceptable.”

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