President Trump sat down with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly today, calling the meeting a "great honor" and touting his close friendship with the Turkish leader. This follows a number of violent incidents during President Erdogan's visits to the United States in recent years.
In May, Turkish security officials were seen on video hitting and kicking peaceful protesters who had gathered outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C., during a USA visit by Erdogan. But it did not appear that Turkish security officials were involved, the U.S. Department of State said.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Reuters in an interview on Thursday that Turkey will deploy troops in Syria's northern Idlib region as part of a "de-escalation" agreement brokered by Russian Federation last month. "My dear brothers, my dear brothers, my dear brothers, I have an important request from you: Don't let three to five impertinent people, three to five hall terrorists ruin our lovely gathering", he said.
It was the latest violence to come from an Erdogan appearance in the US.
Erdogan held a meeting at the East West Institute on Thursday, where he shared investment opportunities in Turkey, according to a statement released by the agency.
Video shared by Voice of America's Turkish arm showed members of the audience shouting at Erdogan in opposition to his policies toward the Kurdish minority in his country, as well as Kurds in northern Syria along the Turkish border. He went on to call the demonstrators "terrorists".
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If US lawmakers reimpose economic sanctions the agreement would likely collapse. The deal belongs to the worldwide community.
Before the meeting, Trump said Erdogan has "become a friend of mine".
Rep. Dave Trott (R-Michigan) said the deal "would have been nothing short of an endorsement of their brutal attack".
Erdogan told PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff on Monday that when two spoke on September 9, Trump told him he was sorry for what happened. "President Erdogan calmly and wisely restored order, and the program continued seamlessly and successfully", TASC said in a statement. Brookings staff intervened so that the journalist could stay, as he was credentialed to be at the event.
"It's a great honor and privilege-because he's become a friend of mine-to introduce President Erdogan of Turkey", Trump told reporters at a bilateral meeting in NY, where both leaders have been this week for the UN General Assembly.
This is when the guards took action against the protestors.