John McCain: Throw Turkish ambassador out of US
- Author: Leroy Wright May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 17:47
And new video revealed Thursday shows Erdogan - who hours earlier had met with President Donald Trump - watching the fracas from his vehicle outside the Turkish embassy. Eventually Erdogan turns away and slowly walks into the embassy.
President Erdogan's bodyguards could hear it.
They did not provide any evidence to support their assertion of the protester's ties.
Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham called the attacks "brutal" and vowed to "pursue everything that's within our legal power to hold the folks that were responsible for their actions".
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., called for the arrest and prosecution of members of Erdogan's security detail. According to reports, Erdogan's bodyguards pushed past U.S. police and assaulted a group of protesters hours after the meeting between Trump and Erdogan.
As the violence broke out, videos from the confrontation quickly spread on social media showing Erdogan's bodyguards pummeling people, even kicking people in the face.
The US State Department said it is "concerned by the violent incidents involving protestors and Turkish security personnel". They have no right to lay their hands on reporters or protesters or anyone else for that matter, when the people they are apparently roughing up seemed to be merely doing their jobs or exercising the rights they have in this country. She said she escaped when a stranger let her into his auto. "Someone was beating me in the head nonstop, and I thought, 'Okay, I'm on the ground already, what is the objective to beat me?"
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan watched Tuesday as men believed to be members of his security detail attacked protesters in the nation's capital, US News reports. "We just celebrated our President".
"We have long supported Turkey as a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and a key U.S. ally in the region, and we expect conduct more appropriate to our decades-long partnership".
The skirmish came after President Donald Trump had welcomed Erdogan to the White House on Tuesday and praised him as a stalwart ally in the battle against Islamic extremism, ignoring Erdogan's authoritarian crackdown on his own people and recent tensions between the United States and Turkey over the military campaign against the Islamic State group.
Several Republican lawmakers shot back, decrying the violence and demanding that Turkey apologize for the incident. The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense and one of them was seriously injured.
Nauert said in her statement that the United States respects Turkey's concerns about its approach, and will continue regular consultations on the issue.
He went on to call for a diplomatic response from the U.S. and said the government should press charges against Turkish officials involved in the brawl.
The incident happened in front of the Turkish ambassador's residence.
Turkey's foreign minister also demanded that a USA envoy be removed for allegedly backing the Kurds, but the State Department said Brett McGurk has the "full support" of the Trump administration. "To send a clear message that these acts of violence will not be tolerated, I ask that you immediately look into this matter and bring all appropriate criminal charges before these individuals leave the United States".