Erdogan: Trump Called Me to Apologize Over D.C. Brawl, White House Refutes

Turkey's president told 'PBS NewsHour' Tuesday night that Trump said, 'He was sorry and that he was going to follow up on this issue'

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, listens to U.S. President Donald Trump during a dinner at U.N. headquarters Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017
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Turkish President Erdoğan claimed Tuesday night after addressing the United Nations that President Trump called him last week and apologized for the violent brawl between Turkish bodygaurds and protesters in Washington, D.C. this past May. 

Erdoğan said on"PBS NewsHour" that Trump had “called me about a week ago about this issue.”

“He said that he was sorry and that he was going to follow up on this issue when we come to the United States within the framework for an official visit,” Erdoğan continued.

According to The Hill a White House spokesman refuted that claim, saying the leaders “discussed a wide range of issues but there was no apology.”