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Turkish President 'Disillusioned' By Obama Administration

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 20 Nov 2016 04:59 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday blasted President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for failing to act on issues related to the war in Syria and for granting asylum to his political rival who he’s accused of facilitating a coup against him in mid-July.

"We have addressed these issues, discussed them with President Obama and Vice President Biden. They failed to rise the occasion and handle these issues seriously," Erdoğan said during an interview on '60 Minutes,' set to air Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

"This is quite upsetting for us. Well, let me be very frank in my remarks and I've been known for candor. I wouldn't speak the truth if I said I was not disillusioned. Because I am disillusioned."

Erdoğan, one of the United States' biggest allies, said the civil war has interfered with his ability to defend his country and has also brought an influx of 3 million Syrian refugees into Turkey.

Fethullah Gulen, the cleric, has denied his involvement in a coup attempt against Erdoğan. He moved from Turkey to the United States in 1999 and lives in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. Gulen has a loyal following in Turkey – a group that refers to itself as Hizmets, or a "moderate, pro-Western brand of Sunni Islam that appeals to many well-educated and professional Turks," according to the New York Times.

The conflict in Syria started five years ago and, more than 250,000 people have been killed in the fighting. The U.S. has not intervened much in the conflict. It has not given aid to rebel groups nor set up a safe zone for civilians in North Syria, an area protected by a US-enforced no-fly zone.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday blasted President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for failing to act on issues related to the war in Syria and for granting asylum to his political rival who he's accused of facilitating a coup against him.
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