Speaking on Saturday to journalists on the presidential plane during his flight from Louisville to Ankara after attending the funeral ceremony of Muhammad Ali, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that although bilateral relations with the U.S. had a good start when U.S. President Barack Obama assumed office in 2008, Turkey's expectations could not be met with the passing of time. He said that Turkey had even offered a model partnership instead of a strategic partnership to the U.S. during his visit to country in the aftermath of Obama's election, but these expectations later fizzled out. "For instance, our expectations were not satisfied in terms of the economy. We have even gone backward in this area," he said."Expectations were not met in foreign policy either. Obama had said that he would bring a solution to the Iraqi crisis and U.S. troops would completely withdraw from there. This did happen, but they were transferred to Afghanistan."