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Cotton, Cruz, Lee, and Rubio Condemn Violence Outside Turkish Embassy

May 17, 2017

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

WASHINGTON - Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) today issued the following statement in response to the incident that took place on American soil Tuesday:

"We strongly condemn the violence that took place yesterday outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington. Reports indicate that some Turkish officials were involved in assaulting protestors, which violates the most basic rules of diplomacy and is an affront to the United States and the value we place on the right to free speech, as embodied in our Constitution. It is even more concerning coming from one of our own NATO allies. We call upon the Turkish government to apologize immediately for the involvement of any officials."