Turkey–United States relations
It is doubtful that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's bodyguards feel even an inkling of remorse over the recent public relations disaster they caused for Turkey.
A video showing protesters being beaten ruthlessly by Turkish security officers under the frozen gaze of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has surfaced.
In the video Erdogan gives the order for the attack from inside his car, apparently requesting that the protesters are dispersed before he gets out of the vehicle.
One of President Tayyip Erdoğan's most important aims in his first official meeting in the White House with U.S. President Donald Trump was to dissuade him from his decision to arm the PYD/YPG and conduct a joint operation with them to seize Raqqa, despite the fact that PYD/YPG is very openly an arm of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
Viewed from outside, the White House meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on May 16 took place under the shadow of perhaps one of the most severe crises of recent times in Turkey-U.S. relations.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump gave strong messages of cooperation against terrorism at a crucial meeting at the White House on May 16, despite continued discord over their respective stances against the People's Protection Units (YPG), a Syrian Kurdish group that Turkey views as a terrorist organization.