NBC News reporter Ann Curry sat down with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an for a wide-ranging interview, a portion of which aired on MSNBC’s Mitchell Reports on Friday. In the interview, Erdo?an told Curry that Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad crossed President Barack Obama’s “red line” regarding the use of chemical weapons “a long time ago.” He pressed the United States to take a more proactive role in attempting to end that country’s two-year-old civil war.
“It is clear that the regime has used chemical weapons and missiles,” Erdo?an said. “There are burns – serious burns – and chemical reactions.”
“Has President Assad crossed President Obama’s red line?” Curry asked.
“A long time ago,” Erdo?an replied. “My question is, the United Nation’s U.N. Security Council, are you doing what you are supposed to do? Why do you exist in the first place? What is your job?”
Erdo?an said that, when he sits down with President Obama in the coming weeks, he will press the United States to take “further steps” to curb the internecine violence in Syria.
Watch the clip below via MSNBC:
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