TRUMP-ERDOGAN MEETING SHOULD NOT TAKE PLACE; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 181
(House of Representatives - November 13, 2019)

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              TRUMP-ERDOGAN MEETING SHOULD NOT TAKE PLACE

  (Mr. RASKIN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. RASKIN. Mr. Speaker, it is an outrage that President Trump has 
honored President Erdogan today with a meeting at the White House.
  During his infamous May 2017 visit to the White House, Erdogan 
dispatched his thugs to beat up peaceful protesters at Sheridan Circle 
here in the Capital of the United States of America, demonstrating 
before the world his contempt not only for human rights but for the 
rule of law in our country. He should have been banned from America 
until he makes all of his victims whole.
  This time, his visit coincides with Turkey's savage military campaign 
in northern Syria, an invasion that has killed hundreds of civilians, 
displaced and driven from their homes over 160,000 people, threatened 
our national security, and produced a massive humanitarian crisis.
  Just weeks ago, the U.S. House passed H.J. Res. 77 and H.R. 4695, the 
Protect Against Conflict by Turkey Act, which denounced Turkey's 
military actions against the Kurdish people in northern Syria.
  We also cannot overlook Erdogan's continuing oppressive actions 
against the Turkish people. He has executed a campaign of repression 
against anyone who dares disagree with his barbaric policies.
  This meeting should not be taking place.

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