Coherence in domestic and foreign policies…

Posted by on May 20th, 2017
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A bureaucrat kicking a protester in Soma, Turkey, 2014 (L). Another one kicking a protester in Washington, DC in 2017 (R)

 

 

Updated: 1:37 p.m. EDT

Casting aside his predecessor’s concerns about human rights abuses and the suppression of free speech in another nation, Donald Trump lavished praise on another autocratic foreign leader on Tuesday, calling it “a great honor to welcome the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to the White House.”

Just hours after Trump focused his remarks on “the exemplary valor of the Turkish soldier,” however, Erdogan’s presidential bodyguards were caught on video punching and kicking protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington.

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Nine people are injured in a brawl outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington, DC.

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US lawmakers called on Turkish leader to discipline his security detail, saying violence was reflective of treatment of press, minorities and political opponents

The first sign things could turn violent outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington came when a group of men in trim suits and slick ties approached the small group of demonstrators who had gathered nearby to protest the visit by president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

New video hit the internet today showing the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, looking on as armed security guards from his entourage violently attacked protesters demonstrating outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington.

From his Mercedes, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan watched his supporters and security forces attack protesters outside his envoy’s residence.

Diplomatic immunity protects even Erdogan’s thugs. We have to live with that.

Letting Turkish guards go without prosecution could be the price of keeping U.S. diplomats free abroad.

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