[Ed. – The sultan’s been in town for the nuclear summit.]
The White House tread carefully around reports that security for Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were abusive to journalists and think-tank staff at a speech in D.C. today.
In town for the Nuclear Security Summit, Erdogan met at the St. Regis hotel with Vice President Joe Biden this morning before a scheduled lunchtime address at the Brookings Institution on global challenges facing Turkey.
He was faced by a mix of supporters and protesters outside of the think tank. Supporters held signs such as “no difference between ISIS and PKK,” while protesters held Kurdish flags and accused Erdogan of being a “war criminal.”
Foreign Policy magazine’s Paul McCleary reported one D.C. cop telling Erdogan’s security, “You’re part of the problem; you guys need to control yourselves and let these people protest.”