President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey will not support plans by Finland and Sweden to join NATO. The Turkish president said the Nordic countries were “home to too many terrorist organizations.”
Both Finland and Sweden have indicated their desire to join NATO in recent weeks. Finland officially announced that it would apply for membership on Thursday while Sweden is expected to soon follow.
In order to join, an agreement on their ascension must be unanimous, making Turkey’s reluctance a potential dealbreaker.
“We are following the developments regarding Sweden and Finland, but we don’t hold positive views,” Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul, according to Reuters. Erdogan also said it was a mistake to allow Greece to join in the past.
“As Turkey, we don’t want to repeat similar mistakes. Furthermore, Scandinavian countries are guesthouses for terrorist organizations,” Erdogan said without elaborating. “They are even members of the parliament in some countries. It is not possible for us to be in favor,” he added.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg had said that Finland would be “warmly welcomed” and promised a “smooth and swift” accession process, which the Biden Administration has endorsed.
Turkey’s NATO hold-up largely stems from the Nordic nations’ support for Kurdish organizations that are deemed terrorist groups in Turkey. This includes the PKK and YPG, the latter of which was supported by the U.S. and other NATO countries during operations against ISIS in Syria.
NATO states that membership is open to any “European state in a position to further the principles of this Treaty and to contribute to the security of the North Atlantic area”.
The governments of Finland and Sweden have yet to comment on Erdogan’s announcement.
Turkey has criticized Russia’s invasion and has sent large numbers of armed drones to Ukraine. It has not backed Western sanctions on Moscow and seeks to maintain close trade, energy and tourism ties with Russia, however.
Red Power Ranger Actor Charged in Connection with COVID Relief Fraud Scheme
An actor who played one of the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” was charged over his alleged involvement in a scheme to fraudulently obtain federal COVID-19 relief money. Actor Jason Lawrence Geiger, 47, played the red ranger in multiple seasons of the 90’s television series.
Geiger, whose stage name is Austin St. John, was one of 19 people charged in the scheme. The accused individuals received at least 16 fraudulent loans totaling $3.5 million, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas.
The indictment, which was returned by a federal grand jury on May 12, 2022, charges the defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, a group led by Michael Hill and Andrew Moran is alleged to have executed a scheme to defraud lenders and the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
Geiger, the former Red Power Ranger, was allegedly part of the network.
“Hill is alleged to have recruited co-conspirators to use an existing business or create a business to submit applications to obtain PPP funding. Once enlisted, Moran is alleged to have assisted his co-conspirators with the application paperwork, including fabricating supporting documentation and submitting the application through the online portals,” prosecutors said.
“On the applications, the defendants are alleged to have misrepresented material information such as the true nature of their business, the number of employees, and the amount of payroll. Based on these material misrepresentations, the SBA and other financial institutions approved and issued loans to the defendants.”
The loans were provided as part of the federal government’s massive $349 billion federal CARES Act. Funding was supposed to go to businesses who either lost money or were forced to close as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns, but the group led by Moran and Hill pocketed the cash for themselves.
In some instances, those accused sent the money to Jonathan Spencer, 33, to invest in foreign exchange markets, prosecutors said.
Geiger was arrested Tuesday and remains behind bars until a court hearing in Plano on Monday. He has pleaded not guilty to a single count against him.
According to The New York Post, the former “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” actor plans to “vigorously defend himself against this allegation.”
INSANITY: Biden Deboards Plane in South Korea All Alone with Mask On – Sees People and Takes Off His Mask
There is so much about this sequence that is just plain insane.
Joe Biden arrived in South Korea and when deboarding the plane alone, he is wearing a black mask. Once he goes down the stairs and steps on the ground, he takes off his mask as he met by the leaders in Korea.
WATCH: Joe Biden arrives in South Korea, wears mask as he exits plane by himself, then as he approaches another person, he takes it off. pic.twitter.com/UKTs8y6XCj
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) May 21, 2022
What is wrong with this picture?
For one, Joe Biden pretending to be the elected President of the United States is wrong. All Americans know that there is no way Joe Biden earned 81 million votes in the 2020 Election. The guy couldn’t get 10 people at his rallies.
And secondly, Biden wearing a mask outdoors with no one near him is a joke. The mask provides no protection to him or anyone else in this picture.
Thirdly, after Biden sees his hosts, Biden takes off the mask. No one there is wearing the mask. If it was necessary for Biden to wear the mask down the stairs, it would have been necessary to wear it around others, but instead, Biden takes it off.
“Where Do I Get My Reputation Back?” – President Trump Responds to Hillary’s Russia Collusion Sham that Defamed Him for Years
On Friday we heard testimony from her own Campaign Manager that Hillary Clinton encouraged the fake news story that candidate and President Trump was a puppet of Russian President Putin. President Trump asks how does he ever get his reputation back?
Hillary’s Campaign Manager swore under oath on Friday that Hillary was behind the Russia collusion lies about President Trump.
Mook shared that Hillary knew about it and approved it.
Hillary Clinton called President Trump a puppet of Russian President Putin. Behind the scenes, we now know that she was working on lies to tie candidate Trump to Putin. It was all made up. Hillary was playing chicken with Russia risking a nuclear war.
President Trump shared on FOX News about this revelation and how his reputation was so terribly damaged by Hillary’s lies.
Former President Donald Trump reacted to the bombshell testimony out of the trial of Michael Sussmann that Hillary Clinton herself approved the dissemination of false information alleging a covert communications channel between the Trump Organization and a Russian bank to the media.
Trump told Fox News Digital that the entire Russia investigation is “one of the greatest political scandals in history,” and that he will “never” get his “reputation fully back.”
Former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook on Friday testified as part of the first criminal trial out of Special Counsel John Durham’s years-long investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, saying Clinton approved and “agreed” to share the discredited data with the media.
FOX News won’t have President Trump on their regular news shows because they don’t want him sharing the truth about the stolen 2020 Election and the attacks he endured while in the White House all based on lies from the left and their RINO accomplices.
Americans know the truth and have known it for years.
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