Trump Says Christian Massacres by Turkey Were Not Genocide; Defies Congress on Armenian Genocide

President Trump welcomes President Erdogan at the White House.

The State Department said in a statement Tuesday that the Senate’s resolution formally recognizing Turkey’s genocide of the Armenian people does not change the Trump administration’s position on the issue.

“The position of the Administration has not changed. Our views are reflected in the president’s definitive statement on this issue from last April,” wrote State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus in a two-sentence statement.

President Trump’s April 24 statement commemorating Armenian Remembrance Day called the mass killings “one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century,” but stopped short of labeling them a genocide.

The statement will likely please Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has said that the Senate’s resolution will harm U.S.-Turkey relations. Prior to its passage, three separate Republican senators blocked the resolution at the request of the White House.