Turkey calls for ouster of top U.S. envoy leading anti-IS coalition

For their part, the Turkish Embassy blamed the violence on the protesters, the AP reported.

"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America", the Arizona Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday. Now, CNN reports that some of the culprits behind the assaults were actually Turkish security officials. The statement said that the US communicated its concerns to the Turkish government "in the strongest possible terms".

The bodyguards of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan got into a fight with protesters in the nation's capital, and the whole thing was caught on video.

President Donald Trump watches Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan depart the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

He wrote that bodyguards with Erdogan on his official state visit to Washington "viciously beat multiple individuals, throwing them to the ground and kicking them in the head".

He added several of Mr Erdogan's security personnel were armed with guns, which made the incident especially "dicey" for local police officers trying to keep protests peaceful.

"We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms", said Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman.

The incident happened in front of the Turkish ambassador's residence.

ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkey's leader told Donald Trump that his country will keep on fighting Syrian Kurdish militants even though they are a key USA ally against the Islamic State group, Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday, adding that a top US envoy should be fired for backing the Kurds.

The Turkish embassy claimed the groups that assembled were "affiliated with the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party)" without permission and "began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President", according to a statement released late Wednesday.

"The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense", the statement said.

Two men were arrested at the scene, and police say they intend to pursue charges against others involved as well.

"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America".

Nine people were sent to the hospital after the fighting.

"We told them ... we do not regard your cooperation with a terrorist group in Raqqa as healthy", Erdogan was cited as saying, but he said he expected a role for Turkey in Syria.

"The violent response of your security detail to peaceful protesters is wholly unacceptable and, unfortunately, reflective of your government's treatment of the press, ethnic minority groups and political opponents", the letter said.

  • Zachary Reyes