Tillerson says US dismayed by violence at Turkish Embassy

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Police secure the street outside the Turkish embassy during a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Earlier, after Erdogan had met President Donald Trump at the White House, Erdogan’s security officers clashed with protesters. | Getty Images

WASHINGTON — America’s top diplomat says the Trump administration has expressed its “dismay” to the Turkish government about a violent confrontation between Turkish security officials and protesters outside Turkey’s embassy in Washington.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Turkey’s ambassador has met with State Department officials, and that it was made clear during that meeting that the U.S. believes that Tuesday’s clash was “simply unacceptable.

Tillerson tells “Fox News Sunday” that an investigation is underway, and he’ll let that finish before making any decision about a more formal response.

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