By Dilara Hamit

ANKARA (AA) – An aide to Turkey’s president responded Thursday to remarks by conservative American Steve Bannon who disrespected the Turkish leader.

Ibrahim Kalin said the hatred against President Recep Tayyib Erdogan is because he defends the oppressed and exposes racism.

"Steve Bannon, the new guru of the racist and extremist movements in the West, calls President Erdogan “the most dangerous guy in the world” while preaching hatred & warmongering,” Kalin wrote on Twitter. “Why? Because Erdogan unmasks their racist hypocrisy & defends the oppressed."

Bannon, a former special adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, made the comments during a forum.