Obama “Uhhhhhhhhh…..troubled” by Turkey Crackdown

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President Barack Obama says he’s “Uhhhhhhhhhhh…troubled” by the direction Turkey’s sunken-eyed leader is taking his country, especially when it comes to freedom of the press.

In a news conference at the end of the Nuclear Security Summit on Friday, Obama was asked whether he thought Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was an authoritarian.

Obama said he’d told Erdogan that “there…uhhhhhhhhhhh…are some….uhhhhhhhhhhhh…trends within Turkey that I’ve been…uhhhhhhhhhhhh… troubled with.”

“I’ve said to President Erdogan…uhhhhhhhhhh…to remind him that he came into…uhhhhhhhhhh…office with a promise of…uhhhhhhh…democracy, and Turkey has historically been a country in which deep Islamic….uhhhhhhh….faith has lived side by side with….uhhhhhhh…modernity and an increasing…uhhhhhh…openness,” Obama stammered. “And that’s…uhhhhhhh…the legacy that he should…uhhh… pursue rather than a strategy that involves… uhhhhhhhhhh… repression… uhhhhh… of …. uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…information and shutting….uhhh… down…uhhh… democratic…uhhh… debate.”

The comments, however cautious, were nonetheless striking because U.S. officials generally try to avoid offending Turkey, whose help is considered crucial in arming and supllying the Islamic State, the terrorist network that has greatly inconvenienced the writers of FX’s hit animated TV show, Archer.

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