GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania — Hours ahead of former President Donald Trump’s rally to support Mehmet Oz’s bid for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania, former CIA Director and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a press conference with reporters raising security concerns about Oz’s ties to Turkey.
The longtime New Jersey resident and celebrity doctor holds dual citizenship; on Wednesday, ABC News reported Oz voted in Turkey’s 2018 election. Oz previously said he was never involved “in any capacity” in Turkish politics. In that report, an Oz campaign spokesperson confirmed the allegation but denied that voting in the Turkish elections was considered being involved in Turkish politics.
Trump will hold a rally for Oz in Westmoreland County on Friday at the county fairgrounds; it marks the former president’s first visit to the state since leaving office in January 2021. His endorsement lifted Oz a month ago out of the cellar; the Oz team is confident that Trump’s hand in this race will have the same effect it had in Ohio for Republican primary winner J.D. Vance, who is also scheduled to attend the event.
The former secretary of state, CIA director, and Kansas congressman endorsed David McCormick, a fellow West Point graduate, months ago. Two weeks ago, Pompeo headlined a rally for McCormick in Danville.
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