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Turkey Summons U.S. Envoy After Biden’s ‘Genocide’ Statement

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Then Vice President Joe Biden meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Washington, D.C. in 2016.
Then Vice President Joe Biden meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Washington, D.C. in 2016.Photographer: Win McNamee/Getty Images
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President Joe Biden commemorated the 106th anniversary of the mass killing of Armenians by twice calling it a “genocide” -- a word no U.S. leader since Ronald Reagan has used to describe the event for fear of alienating NATO ally Turkey.

In response, a spokesman for Turkey’s president suggested the U.S. look at its own history.