Donald Trump aligned himself with Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, saying that Turkey appears to be on the side of Islamic State.
“Turkey looks like they’re on the side of ISIS more or less based on the oil,” Trump said in an interview with “Breitbart News Daily” Tuesday morning, echoing comments from the Russian president on Monday.
“We have received additional data which confirm that Islamic State oil … enters the territory of Turkey,” Putin said. “The decision to shoot down the plane was dictated specifically by a desire to defend supplies.”
Russia and Turkey have been engaged in a tense standoff since Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane along the Syrian border last week, after it accused the warplane of violating Turkish air space. In the aftermath, the Russian government has imposed new sanctions on Turkey and its officials have discouraged Russians from traveling to the country.
In response to Putin’s assertion that Turkey is on ISIL’s side due to oil concerns, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan adamantly denied the accusation and said he would resign if it turned out to be true.