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Congressman Dave Trott

Representing the 11th District of Michigan

Trott Applauds U.S. Withdrawal from Turkish Arms Deal

September 18, 2017
Press Release
Withdrawal comes on heels of House’s passage of Trott’s legislation calling for rejection of weapons sale

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Dave Trott (MI-11) issued the following statement after the United States withdrew from a proposed sale of semi-automatic handguns and ammunition to the Turkish government:

“In May, we witnessed first-hand President Erdogan’s blatant disregard for democracy as his henchmen waged a brutal attack on peaceful protestors in our nation’s capital. I applaud today’s decision by the administration to withdraw from this proposed arms deal which would have benefited these same bodyguards – a deal that would have been nothing short of an endorsement of their brutal attack. This withdrawal finally points a finger in Erdogan’s chest and tells him a strategic location does not place Turkey above the law.”

Since the attack in Washington, D.C., Rep. Trott has repeatedly called for the rejection of this weapons sale, leading a bipartisan letter of 36 Members to Secretary of State Tillerson and championing legislation, which passed the House of Representatives, demanding the U.S. withdraw from this arms deal.