Trott Applauds U.S. Withdrawal from Turkish Arms Deal
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.