Biden apologizes to Turkish leader

Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenTrump has lost support from male voters since shutdown, analysis shows Biden-Abrams ticket would be a genius media move The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump attacks on McCain rattle GOP senators MORE apologized on Saturday for comments he made this week implying that Turkey or other U.S. allies had helped Islamic extremists in Syria.

Biden spoke to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogann "to clarify comments" he made that Turkey made mistakes by helping in the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and other terrorist groups in the region, The Associated Press reported.


"The vice president apologized for any implication that Turkey or other allies and partners in the region had intentionally supplied or facilitated the growth of ISIL or other violent extremists in Syria," the White House said.

Erdogan had angrily denied making the comments and demanded an apology. 

He said Turkey had never provided “even the smallest amount of support” to the ISIS or any other terrorist group.

Biden said on Thursday that his “old friend” Erdogan had admitted to making a mistake in allowing foreign fighters to cross the Turkish border into Syria, during a speech at Harvard University. 

Biden said that Erdogan said: “You were right. We let too many people through. Now they're trying to seal their border.”