Obama denies US involvement in failed Turkey coup

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States had no knowledge or involvement in the failed coup attempt in Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused followers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen of mocking the Turkish people. The Turkish government has accused Gulen of being behind the uprising but he has strongly denied any knowledge of the attempted military coup.

Obama said that any reports that the United States had previous knowledge of the coup attempt or has been anything other than supportive of Turkey’s government are “unequivocally false.”

He said he told that to Erdogan in a phone conversation this week.

Obama said the United States has a legal process for extradition and encouraged Turkey to present evidence if they want Gulen to be extradited.