Senator calls for ejection of Turkish ambassador
- Author: Leroy Wright May 19, 2017,
May 19, 2017, 22:55
He told "Morning Joe" that he believed the Turkish ambassador to the US should be thrown "the hell out" of the country because of the violence.
Republican Senator Ben Sasse, writing on Twitter, said Erdogan should "remember that this country is built on free speech, free religion, free press, and freedom to protest". The two leaders touted strong ties between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but Erdogan emphasized his country will not accept Syrian Kurdish fighters in the region while stopping short of directly criticizing a USA decision to arm them. Another wrenches a woman's neck and throws her to the ground.
The U.S. State Department said the episode was "deeply disturbing" and promised that an investigation would hold those responsible to account.
Turkey regards the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is deemed a terrorist organisation by the United States, Turkey and the European Union.
Some of the protesters were knocked down and kicked repeatedly in the head.
Washington police called the violence a "brutal attack on peaceful protesters".
Earlier on Tuesday, Erdogan met with President Donald Trump at the White House, where the two leaders vowed to fix their countries' relationship and re-establish an economic and military partnership.
The protesters said they were demonstrating peacefully until Erdogan's guards and supporters suddenly moved toward them.
On Wednesday, D.C. police announced that they will pursue additional charges against individuals who instigated the violence, dcist.com reported. "There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior", he tweeted.
On his return to Ankara, the foreign minister said Turkey had been assured that after the operation in Raqqa, territory seized from the jihadists would be handed back to the local Arab population.
"We intend to ensure accountability of anybody involved", said DC police chief Peter Newsham of the situation.
The violent clash on Tuesday evening left one police officer and 11 other people injured, according to U.S. News and World Report.
At their meeting Tuesday, Trump said the US would re-establish its military and economic partnership with Turkey, committing to backing Turkey's defense against both Islamic State and the PKK.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said McGurk has "the full support and backing" of Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.