US Summons Turkey Envoy Over DC Clashes During Erdogan Visit
- Author: Leroy Wright May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 9:48
As news of the Trump Administration's implosion circulates, tensions in Washington D.C. continue to escalate as demonstrators protesting against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan faced a series of violent assaults.
The U.S. response included summoning the Turkish ambassador to the State Department Wednesday, where he met with Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon, the acting Deputy Secretary.
After the fighting, Ceren Borazan, 26, told BuzzFeed News that one of Erdogan's bodyguards held her neck and threatened to kill her during the clash.
Asked what happened, one man bleeding profusely from a cut to his forehead said, "The Turks, the Turks, the Turks attacked us". "There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior", McCain initially tweeted after the incident. "We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms". "This kind of thing can not go un-responded to diplomatically", McCain said in an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".
Washington's Metropolitan Police Department said it had arrested two United States residents, Ayten Necmi, 49, and Jalal Kheirabadi, 42, over the incident, according to the BBC.
Turkey believes the Kurds in Syria are linked to the PKK. Police appeared to struggle to keep the two groups separated.
"The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense", the statement said.
John McCain says that the Turkish ambassador should be expelled from the USA after members of the Turkish presidential security detail beat up protesters outside of the Turkish embassy earlier this week. "This is the United States of America", he wrote on Twitter.
"If there were any Turkish Embassy officials involved in beating up these protesters, I will call for them to be removed from the country", said Graham, the GOP chairman of the Senate subcommittee that controls the foreign affairs budget.
McGurk was appointed as presidential envoy leading the global coalition against the IS by the then President Barack Obama in October 2015, which is why Cavusoglu considered that the officials of the former US administration could damage the relationships between the two countries. "This is Erdogan's security detail".
The Turkish embassy blamed protesters Thursday for Turkish security officials' attack in Washington, D.C., despite video evidence that contradicts their claims.
This is not the first time that Erdogan's entourage has been embroiled in a physical fight with protesters on USA soil.