Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday declared that he would not meet with American Vice President Mike Pence, who had traveled to the Turkish capital of Ankara to discuss a potential ceasefire in northern Syria.
Specifically, the Turkish leader insisted that he would only meet President Donald Trump himself to discuss any matters related to his country's invasion of Syria.
"When Trump comes here, I'll be talking," Erdoğan told Sky News.
Erdoğan's snub of the vice president drew hackles all across the internet, and Talking Points Memo founder Josh Marshall went so far as to describe it as a "total humiliation of the USA."
The total humiliation of the USA here is mind boggling. https://t.co/N1I37WYXS9— Josh Marshall (@Josh Marshall)1571225733.0
Check out some more reactions below.
Jaw dropping disrespect for America. Hard to believe it has come to this. Erdogan refuses to meet with Sec of State… https://t.co/kkZJNdIyjs— Claire McCaskill (@Claire McCaskill)1571227590.0
Erdogan owns Trump. MBS owns Trump. Putin owns Trump. American needs a new kind of Independence Day.— Glenn Kirschner (@Glenn Kirschner)1571226295.0
Remember when #Erdogan's thugs beat up protestors in DC? Now he's openly snubbing the VP and Sec. of State. And t… https://t.co/490kkHZp63— Peter Daou (@Peter Daou)1571227010.0
Mike Pence: “I’m here for my meeting with President Erdogan.” Receptionist: “I don’t see anything on his calendar.… https://t.co/kEMncLkPV7— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer)1571227109.0
I’m shocked that Erdogan isn’t doing what he told trump he would. https://t.co/CCL6rlnbrH— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡)1571224491.0
Perhaps Erdogan will only speak with Trump because he seems to get everything he wants when he does. https://t.co/1mKTX6X7gQ— Bianna Golodryga (@Bianna Golodryga)1571225739.0
Erdogan is engaged in genocide and will not stop and it’s about time we put it at Trump’s feet. https://t.co/6BsYcQ3FjM— Elizabeth C. McLaughlin, Esq. (@Elizabeth C. McLaughlin, Esq.)1571227137.0
Erdogan pulls a Kim https://t.co/MLSI5KJsQA— Laura Rozen (@Laura Rozen)1571224164.0
Erdogan knows he has a moron in the WH and will only speak to him. https://t.co/Lpof9VNmIB— Gissur Simonarson 🇮🇸🏴 (@Gissur Simonarson 🇮🇸🏴)1571223694.0