Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. lawmakers during an Oval Office meeting Wednesday they have applied a misnomer to the an offshoot of PKK terror group, by calling them Kurds.

“But I assure you the ones that you’re referring to as ‘Kurds’ are PYD or YPG. These are terrorist organizations. And they are offshoots of the PKK,” said Erdogan.

He said he has Kurds in his population and lawmakers in his own political party who are Kurdish.

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