State Dep’t Withholds Criticism of Mass Detentions, Suspensions in Turkey – But Denies its Response is Muted

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<p>State Department spokesman John Kirby declined Thursday to say whether Turkey&rsquo;s post-coup attempt crackdown is excessive, saying he was &ldquo;not going to litigate from the podium every decision that they&rsquo;re making.&rdquo; But he also rejected the notion that the administration was being &ldquo;muted&rdquo; in its response to the mass detentions and suspensions taking place.</p>

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