Yusuf S. Muftuoglu, advisor to the president, confirmed that the first lady had shopped at Hermès, using her own money, and that the president paid for the hotel room with his own funds. “The program of Mr President was semi-official,” he wrote, noting that Gül had spoken at Harvard and met with business executives and academics. “The President paid personally his and his family’s private expenditures, including the hotel and flights. The expenses of security and protocol teams, in the meantime, have been paid from state budget, which is the routine practice.”
Over the next months, at least five people died and thousands were injured during anti-government protests that swept over the country. Back then, Gül responded, “The messages delivered with good intentions have been received.” Gül was viewed by many as a source of moderation and calm, at least in comparison to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was generally seen as much more hard-line.
She had an entourage of at least six. Mrs. Gül, guarded by earplugged security personnel, examined silk ties (priced $195 and up) and other luxury items. After 20 minutes of shopping, she left for a stroll in Boston Common, with her escort carrying a big orange Hermès shopping bag.
During the panel he was asked by Emrah Altındiş, a Turkish professor, “How do you sleep at night when people are dying in Turkey? Aren’t you ashamed to be at the head of such a state?” Apparently angered, Gül replied, “Now, you listen to me. No one can give you the right to ask a question in this way.” The president also described as “misleading” some of what Altındiş said.
The 1,700-square-foot suite, which features a Jacuzzi among other amenities, costs $6,800 a night, a hotel employee said.
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