GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has been endorsed by Turkey’s dictatorial president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after Erdogan shut down an opposition newspaper, Zaman, on March 4.
Erdogan offered his endorsement to Trump after reading about how the leading Republican presidential candidate demanded a pledge of loyalty from supporters at a rally in Central Florida.
As reported by CNN on Saturday, while speaking at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, as Trump vowed to broaden existing laws regarding the interrogation of captured terrorist suspects, he was frequently interrupted by protesters.
Irritated at the protesters, Trump said, “Let’s do a pledge. Who likes me in this room? Can I have a pledge? Repeat after me:"
“I do solemnly swear that I – no matter how I feel, no matter what the conditions, if there are hurricanes or whatever, will vote on or before March 12 for Donald J. Trump for President.”
99% of those in the audience pledged. Then Trump said:
“Now I know. Don’t forget: you all raised your hands. You swore. Bad things happen if you don’t live up to what you just did."
After reading about all this on CNN at http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/05/politics/donald-trump-florida-pledge-torture/index.html, Erdogan, observed by a solitary reporter, issued a statement praising Trump's bold leadership.
But Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, expressed disappointment that his candidate’s first foreign endorsement did not come from the foreign leader whom Trump admires the most, Russia’s Vladimir Putin.