CNN Politics reported on a protest that turned violent after the current president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Trump. Involved were Turkish security officials and Erdogan security staff as well as Turkish-Americans in a violent protest outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington on Wednesday afternoon. Eventually, American police officers attempted to stop the violent attacks between the two parties. However, the exact rundown of how the protest turned violent remains unclear. DC police department and federal law enforcement are currently sorting through security footage to figure out a timeline. As of now, it is known that the incident came as Trump extended a warm welcome to the authoritarian Turkish leader - a relationship that has been strained throughout the previous Obama administration. This dynamic between Trump who is “looking forward to having very strong and solid discussions” and promising to make “a great relationship even better,” and Turkey will remain a topic of interest, especially as Turkey and the US have differing opinions on Trump’s decision to arm Kurdish militias in helping the fight against ISIS.
- Helen Majer