WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 16: U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden (R) shakes hands with Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) during a luncheon at the State Department May 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
UPDATED 4:35 PM PT – Friday, April 23, 2021
Joe Biden spoke with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan amid his controversial decision to refer to the Armenian genocide as just that: “A genocide.”
The move was a controversial one as no president since Ronald Reagan has used the term “genocide” to describe the Ottoman Empire’s forced relocation and mass murdering of Armenians.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan listens during the opening session of the virtual global Leaders Summit on Climate, as he sits in his office in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, April 22, 2021. (Mustafa Kamaci/Turkish Presidency via AP)
With Turkey’s cultural ties to the now-collapsed Ottoman Empire, Erdogan has rejected efforts by foreign countries to project this historic stain on Turkey.
World leaders virtually attend the Leaders Summit on Climate, during the opening session, as seen on a screen at Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, April 22, 2021. (Mustafa Kamaci/Turkish Presidency via AP)
Many now have said, Biden’s selective use of words could signal something bigger to come in U.S. foreign policy.