POST TIME: 1 December, 2019 11:50:10 AM
Macron is in a state of ‘brain death’: Erdogan

Macron is in a state of ‘brain death’: Erdogan

This file photo shows French President Emmanuel Macron ® and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan walking during a joint press conference, at the Elysee Palace in Paris. AFP photo

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron over his criticism of Turkey’s military operation in northeast Syria, saying that he was suffering “brain death”.

Erdogan’s comments on Friday - just days before a NATO summit that both leaders will attend - came in response to Macron’s much-publicised claim from a November 7 interview that the alliance was suffering “brain death” owing to the lack of strategic cooperation among members.    

“I am talking to France’s President Emmanuel Macron, and I will also say this at NATO. First of all, have your own brain death checked. These statements are suitable only to people like you who are in a state of brain death,” Erdogan said in a televised speech. “You know how to show off but you cannot even properly pay for NATO. You are a novice,” Erdogan said, addressing Macron.