Turkish Daffy

From CBS News:

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was not aware that his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had worked to further the interests of the government of Turkey before appointing him, the White House says.

The comments came two days after Flynn and his firm, Flynn Intel Group Inc., filed paperwork with the Justice Department formally identifying him as a foreign agent and acknowledging that his work for a company owned by a Turkish businessman could have aided Turkey’s government.


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At the White House, asked whether Trump knew about Flynn’s work before he appointed him as national security adviser, press secretary Sean Spicer said, “I don’t believe that that was known.”


Flynn and his company filed the registration paperwork describing $530,000 worth of lobbying before Election Day on behalf of Inovo BV, a Dutch-based company owned by Turkish businessman Ekim Alptekin. In an interview with The Associated Press, Alptekin said Flynn did so after pressure from Justice Department officials.


Flynn’s disclosure that his lobbying – from August through November- may have benefited Turkey’s authoritarian government led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan came as Flynn has drawn scrutiny from the FBI for his contacts with Russian officials.


More than a month before Flynn was appointed as national security adviser, news accounts and Democratic senators had raised questions about potential conflicts of interest regarding Flynn’s work for the Turkish company. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., criticized Flynn’s work and late disclosure again Thursday as troubling.

“Gen. Flynn’s behavior seems to be part of a larger pattern of poor judgment from members of this administration,” she said.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said in a statement that Flynn should return any foreign money he received.

“This astonishing admission is more appalling evidence of foreign entanglements and conflicts of interest involving the Trump team,” he said. He said a special prosecutor should be appointed to look into ties between Trump officials and foreign governments.


Flynn met privately in September in New York with two senior Turkish government officials, including the government’s ministers of foreign affairs and energy. Flynn’s company did not name the officials, but the current Turkish energy minister is Berat Albayrak, who is Erdogan’s son-in-law.

A president’s son-in-law having secret meetings with other governments’ officials? Why, that’s just crazy! AmIRite?




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12 responses to “Turkish Daffy

  1. Extreme vetting. Donald Trump is the best at that donchaknow.

  2. Oh, the revelations that continue to tumble out of the new regime. It seems to get better every week or so.

  3. Rachel Maddow, every night at 9, the mystery unfolds and we go down deeper into the rabbit hole. Your wonderful satire helps too, Nonnie.

  4. Jive Turkey! Didn’t anyone tell Flynn that this administration employs only Russian agents? If Trump ever finds out that Turks are mostly Muslims, he’s really going to be furious.

    Then again, Erdoğan has a penchant for assuming autocratic powers, whipping up religio-nationalism, muzzling the press, and bullying political opponents. So eventually Trump may find him a kindred spirit.

    (A purple swastika on a yellow polka-dot? Was the original poster designed by the same person who did Kellyanne Conway’s immortal outfit?)

    • Jive Turkey! Why didn’t I think of that for the title? 😡

      Erdoğan seems to give lots of power to his son-in-law, so it seems he and Twitler are kindred spirits.

      I am so embarrassed! 😳 I looked at that damned poster a thousand times, and I worked on the background. I never noticed that it was a swastika! Ugh! Talk about not seeing the forest for the trees! I feel like such an idiot. Thanks for pointing it out to me, Infidel. I reworked the poster. I was looking for a place to put the Turkish flag,and idiot me never thought of the background. I found a few other booboos, too, so I would have had to remake it anyway.