Washington D.C. – Today, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement on the coup crisis in Turkey:

“Turkey is an indispensable U.S. ally, and we stand by it resolutely in this time of crisis. We cannot tolerate a military coup that subverts ‎the decisions of Turkey's democratically elected government. It is also essential that democratically elected governments act within the rule of law. I urge the Turkish government to safeguard U.S. citizens and U.S. personnel and to resolve this situation in a way that does not produce any further instability.”