Lawmakers demand swift action for Turkish Embassy violence
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 9:56
According to Turkish state news outlet Anadolu, US police refused to obey "Turkish demands to intervene" in the peaceful protest, so Mr Erdogan's men moved in.
USA lawmakers pressed the Trump administration on Thursday to condemn the violence, which they said resembled repressive crackdowns on political dissent in third-world countries.
Immediately after the incident, along with Senator John McCain several other senators also expressed outrage and urged the expulsion of Turkey's ambassador to the US.
The closed-door meeting on Tuesday was facilitated by two think tanks, the Atlantic Council and SETA, a pro-Erdogan organization. When constitutional rights come under attack, they knew that speaking up matters to America and the world.
The Atlantic Council, when asked about the guestlist and the softball questions, offered a statement from Kempe condemning the "violence that occurred".
As for President Donald Trump, he's said nothing about the attacks. "Atlantic Council events never endorse a particular speaker but provide an independent platform for leaders to participate in candid conversations". Kempe denied the allegation.
Erdogan visited the White House this week to ask Trump to stand down from backing Kurdish forces in Syria; according to the UK "Guardian", Trump said the USA would not.
Erdogan traveled to Washington this week to meet with President Trump. Erdogan and his security force are back in Turkey.
Evangelical leaders are hailing Trump's efforts to secure the release of an imprisoned American pastor in Turkey. "We are already telling you in advance, our rules of engagement give us this authority, we will take such a step and we won't discuss it or consult with anyone".
The American Centre for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a religious freedom advocacy group, announced on Monday it had submitted a formal statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council appealing for a quick release. Turkey blamed the clash on the demonstrators, claiming they aggressively provoked people who had gathered to see Erdogan. Many of us in recent weeks have seen the movie "The Promise", which is an accurate historical portrayal of the Armenian genocide that took place beginning in 1915 at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. "It would be beneficial for this person to change", he said, accusing the diplomat of carrying on Obama-administration policies.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said McGurk has "the full support and backing" of Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Through video recordings, the incident has become public knowledge in all of the U.S. The U.S. press has covered the incident widely. "If the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation remain silent on Erdogan's violations of human rights, the number of Turkish citizens being persecuted will likely increase, especially now that Erdogan has the authority to control all three branches of government".
"If the Turks wanted to change the narrative in Washington, they failed", said Walker.