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Mike Huckabee: Turkish President Has "Got To Go" If He's Helping ISIS

"I trust Turkey probably less than I trust Russia."

Posted on December 7, 2015, at 9:33 a.m. ET

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Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says Turkey's president will have to go if he is doing business with ISIS.

A week after Turkey shot down a Russian military jet on the Syrian border, Russian officials accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his family of profiting from illegal oil trade with ISIS.

"I trust Turkey probably less than I trust Russia," Huckabee said on Breitbart News Radio last week. "The Turks have always played both sides and I think Erdogan is one of those people that said one one thing publicly and done something else privately."

"If we find out that in fact he is helping to finance ISIS he's got to go, and I think that we make it very clear we're not gonna be partners with and be a part of helping to arm him, to protect him, if he in turn is loading the guns of barrels of guns pointed at us," he said. "We're just not gonna do it."

Earlier in the interview, Huckabee said he does not trust Putin, but was willing to work with Russia to help defeat ISIS militants in Syria.

"I don't trust Putin," Huckabee said on Breitbart News Radio last week. "I don't trust Russia, but if Russia is willing to help us kill some of these savages, then I'm more than willing to at least recognize that on this issue — maybe not on much else — but on this issue they are with us not against us."