Senators confirm Erdoğan played 'propaganda' video in White House meeting

Republican senators said on Thursday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan played a "propaganda" video during a meeting at the White House with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE
 
Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP senator blocks Armenian genocide resolution Hannity slams Stern for Clinton interview: 'Not the guy I grew up listening to' The Hill's Morning Report - Dem dilemma on articles of impeachment MORE (R-S.C.) and Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstGiffords, Demand Justice to pressure GOP senators to reject Trump judicial pick Democratic challenger to Joni Ernst releases ad depicting her as firing gun at him Republicans raise concerns over Trump pardoning service members MORE (R-Iowa) both confirmed that Erdoğan showed senators a video during the meeting focused on "terrorist attacks" from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a Kurdish group that is designated as a terrorist organization by both Ankara and Washington.
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"Well always you wanna watch, and of course the information was presented, it is very heartbreaking but bottom line you have no idea who produced the film, where it's from, what group of people it is," Ernst said. 
 
"So while I appreciate President Erdoğan showing us the information, we don't know the origins, we don't know — and it was very much a propaganda video," Ernst added. 
 
Graham, asked if Erdoğan showed them a "propaganda" video, confirmed that he did. 
 
"He showed a video about the history of PKK terrorist attacks ... and what I told him is I'm not here to retry the past. I acknowledge that you have a legitimate national security concern. ... Do you want me to get the Kurds to play a video about what your forces have done? So I was very firm," Graham added. 
 
Axios first reported that Erdoğan showed senators the video. 
 
 
The meeting follows heightened tensions between Capitol Hill and Turkey, in the wake of Trump's decision to pull back U.S. troops and Turkey's subsequent military invasion against Kurdish-led YPG forces, which Turkey also claims is a terrorist group tied to the PKK. The U.S. does not consider the YPG a terrorist organization, however, and has worked closely with their forces in the fight against ISIS. 
 
Senators have offered multiple sanctions bills to slap new financial penalties on Ankara over the incursion. The House previously passed its own legislation, but sanctions talk stalled in the Senate amid Erdoğan's visit.