In Februarie, Oz told Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin
wat hy gehad het “never been politically involved in Turkey in any capacity.
Yanick confirmed the photo’s authenticity, vertel CNN dit “voting in an election is far different from being actively engaged in the political work of the Turkish government, which Dr. Oz has never been involved with.”
Going after a candidate’s loyalty to the US may be a page out of the hard-line political playbook
— the kind used by former President Donald Trump
, who as a candidate in
2016 accused an American-born judge of Mexican descent of being biased against him in a then
-class action case against Trump University because of the Republican’s pledge to build a wall on the US-Mexico border
But despite McCormick taking up this line of attack
, Trump has found himself on the other side in the primary
. Hy endorsed Oz last month after direct lobbying by both candidates for Trump’s support
“Now that (McCormick) lost President Trump’s endorsement, he’s resorted to sad and desperate attacks that are no different than the tropes used against Catholics and Jews,” Yanick said in a statement to CNN.
The Pompeo press conference on Friday follows months of efforts by the McCormick campaign to attack Oz for his ties to Turkey
. After the Oz campaign accused McCormick
, a former hedge fund executive
, of being cozy with China in a TV ad this winter
, McCormick campaign spokeswoman Jess Szymanski teruggeskiet
, “How can he claim to be America First when he has dual loyalties
And in one McCormick TV ad released last month, a man speaking directly to the camera said that Oz “was in the Turkish army for cryin’ out loud.”
Oz’s campaign has said he kept his Turkish citizenship in order to care for his ill mother
, who lives there
. En in a 2011 onderhoud
, long before launching his Senate campaign
, Oz said that before becoming a television personality
, he served in the Turkish military in order to maintain that citizenship
. The Oz campaign said his service amounted to
“Mehmet Oz chose to serve in the Turkish army over the US army,” Szymanski told CNN. “These are simple facts, not campaign attacks, and his refusal to address these legitimate issues demonstrates why Pennsylvanians can’t trust him.”
During’s Friday’s news conference, Pompeo acknowledged that Oz’s Turkish citizenship does not legally bar him from serving in the US Senate but said the information was still relevant for voters making up their minds.
“This isn’t about whether it’s lawful, it’s about whether he is best suited to be the next United States Senator from Pennsylvania that’s been represented by a patriotic American conservative for an awfully long time,” Pompeo gesê. McCormick and Oz are among several Republicans competing for the party nomination to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey.
The major GOP candidates
— who include former US ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands
, businessman Jeff Bartos and conservative commentator Kathy Barnette
— have faced off in two debates
die afgelope weke.
Pompeo’s support for McCormick — a fellow West Point cadet who graduated one year behind the Kansas Republican — represents a notable break with the former President. Pompeius, who has emerged as a potential 2024 kandidaat, served Trump first as his CIA director and later as secretary of state.
Trump headlined a rally for Oz in Western Pennsylvania on Friday night that also featured other Republicans the former President has endorsed
, including Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance
, who won his primary earlier this week
, and US Rep
. Alex Mooney
, who faces a competitive GOP House primary in West Virginia on Tuesday