Turkey vote: Erdogan shrugs off West’s crusader mentality

Apr 18, 2017, 6:18 AM EDT
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been repeatedly criticised for his autocratic style of functioning.
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Buoyed by his victory in a historic referendum, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at West’s “crusader mentality” after international observers raised questions over the “uneven playing field” that steered the leader to triumph.

However, in stark contrast to West’s dismay over Turkish referendum result, U.S. President Donald Trump called Erdogan and congratulated him for a mandate, which will grant him sweeping new powers, writes the BBC. In addition to legitimizing Erdogan’s victory, Trump’s congratulatory message bares open the rift between the U.S. and the E.U. over Ankara.

Turkey, a key N.A.T.O. ally, disagrees with America’s plan to combat Islamic State in Syria with the help of Kurdish forces, which Ankara considers terrorists, notes The Guardian. Analysts view the development as Trump’s attempt to get rid of fundamental disagreements with Turkey over the Syria war.