APNewsBreak: US nixes proposal to let Turkey guards buy guns

Relations between Germany and Turkey have worsened since an attempted putsch against President Erdogan led to a crackdown on dissent

Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated in an interview that Donald Trump felt sorry for the ferocious clashes between Turkish security staff and a group of protesters in Washington, DC during Erdogan's visit to the United States earlier this year.

In an interview with PBS Newshour on Tuesday, Erdoğan claimed that in a phone call with Trump this month, the president said he was "sorry" for the incident. Nineteen people including 15 identified as Turkish security officials have been indicted by a US grand jury for attacking peaceful protesters.

"The protesters were very close to my auto, to my vehicle", Erdogan added.

A video analysis appears to show Erdogan ordered the attack.

Mr. Erdogan said that the protesters were terrorists and followers of the exiled educator and preacher Fethullah Gülen, a charge that D.C. police maintain is false. According to the indictment, the Turkish security officials "used threats and physical violence - intensely kicking at protesters - to dispel the anti-Erdogan protesters, and blatantly ignore American law enforcement commands to cease the violence". However, all but two of them remain at large.

A shipment of guns and ammunition from the USA to Turkish security forces was formally cancelled, after Congressional review. Two men were arrested that day: Jalal Kheirabaoi, of Virginia, was among the protesters and was charged with misdemeanor assault on a police officer. "This sale to President Erdogan's personal security guards should never have been approved, given their history of excessive force", Leahy and Van Hollen said in a statement. "And inside, Turkey has stations at protection points", Erdogan said, adding the Turkish army was also working with Free Syrian Army fighters.

"It's not true", White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters told BuzzFeed News in an email.

Erdogan and his administration have railed against the US decision to indict the members of the security detail.

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