US President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told CNBC on Wednesday that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan “is the most dangerous guy in the world.”
Bannon appeared on TV to discuss the meeting between Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, which sparked bipartisan outrage against Trump.
Bannon said Trump “gravitates toward personalities that are strong personalities,” according to the Roll Call news website.
“He likes President Xi, he likes Erdoğan — who I think is the most dangerous guy in the world,” he added, in reference to the Chinese and Turkish presidents.
“And I think he’s attracted to Putin because he looks at those people as strong leaders of countries. They’re nationalists. They put their countries first and they get on with it. And they don’t care what other people think.”