Aides explain how to handle angry Erdoğan – which is very common

Two confidantes have marked a first by speaking to the media about their personal relationship with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, describing it in familial terms.

“Sometimes you need to approach him like his son or his brother. It depends,” Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan said in an interview to daily Habertürk on April 26, when asked about how he calmed down Erdoğan when he was angry.

Akdoğan was a key advisor to Erdoğan during the latter’s term as prime minister.

“I addressed him as ‘Mr. Prime Minister’ or ‘Sir.’ Although our relationship was cordial, there has always been a certain distance. He is a serious person, but it doesn’t mean that he won’t make jokes with you,” he said…

He has moved on from Armenians and is now in a rage at the new Turkey Cypriot leader, who is being accused of being too friendly to the Greeks: “Do his ears hear what he says?” President Erdoğan said during a press conference on April 27 after being asked by a journalist if he approved of a recent statement by Mustafa Akıncı, the new president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

“Even working together as brothers has its conditions. We paid a price for northern Cyprus. We gave martyrs and we continue to pay a price,” Erdoğan said on April 27. “For Turkey, northern Cyprus is our baby. We will continue to look at it the way a mother looks at her baby,” he added…