Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the world should not succumb to US President Donald Trump’s aid withdrawal threats against countries who refuse to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, speaking from Ankara on Thursday.
“They say the USA is a cradle of democracy. The cradle of the democracy is looking for willpower to buy. Mr. Trump, you cannot buy the democratic willpower of Turkey with your dollars,” said Erdogan.
“I urge the entire world, don’t you ever sell your struggle of willpower to someone with this small amount of dollars. Those dollars would come anyway but the sold willpower will never be retrieved,” he added.
Earlier, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly against Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, despite Trump’s threats on Wednesday to stop sending aid to countries that planned to vote in favour of the resolution against the recognition.