White House Denies Trump Apologized To Erdogan For Turkish Bodyguard Brawl With Protesters

In an interview with PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that President Donald Trump recently contacted him personally to apologize for the vicious melee that took place between the foreign leader’s bodyguards and protesters in Washington earlier this year.

However, since the airing of this interview, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah says Erdogan’s claim on Trump’s phone call apology is “not true” according to the Weekly Standard‘s Mike Warren.

Erdogan’s full refuted comments on the matter state, “[Trump] called me about a week ago about this issue. He said that he was sorry and that he was going to follow up on this issue when we come to the United States within the framework for an official visit.”

Following the protester-guard brawl, Congress opted to pull out of a plan that would authorize Turkey to buy $1.2 million in American arms for the use of presidential guards. Following this highly publicized incident on American soil, 19 people were indicted — 15 of which were Turkish bodyguards.

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