Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Reuters that ''it is indecent'' to think that he had any knowledge of the coup plot against his government. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Reuters on Thursday that "it is indecent" to think that he had any knowledge of the coup plot against his government. Erdogan was asked to about speculation that he may have had advanced warning about the plot. "My apologies, but this is simply very rude," Erdogan told Reuters. "How can it be possible , it is indecent to say that." "I mean, do you have people saying that 9/11 was orchestrated by the United States?, or, can we attribute the latest incident in France to President (Francois) Hollande's Administration?, No, you don't have people saying that," he said. "Why do people think, or, opt for this method if you will for this incident, this attempt, this attempted coup was against the nation, why? because the Grand National Assembly of Turkey was bombarded, it was against the nation that this was done, and they did not stop there, they bombarded the Parliament, and they also bombarded this very Presidential complex. He said the death toll in Turkey had risen to 246 people, excluding the coup plotters, and that 2,185 people were wounded. About 60,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers have been suspended, detained or placed under investigation since the coup attempt was put down.