McCain: 'I'd throw the Turkish ambassador out' over violence in DC
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 11:15
At least one of those arrested was a protester. Two men were bloodied from head wounds as bystanders assisted dazed protesters.
Two men were arrested at the scene, and police intend to pursue charges against others involved, the Metropolitan Police Department said Wednesday.
In a statement, the Turkish Embassy blamed the violence on the demonstrators, saying they were "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President".
"Trump has prioritized protecting US national security interests over lecturing allies on democratic values or human rights", said James Phillips, a senior research fellow for Middle Eastern affairs at the Heritage Foundation. Apart from showing his anger towards Kılıç, McCain also said that lawsuits should be brought against the people responsible behind this incident.
"The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense", the statement from the Turkish embassy said, adding "We hope that, in the future, appropriate measures will be taken to ensure that similar provocative actions causing harm and violence do not occur".
A senior Republican senator is calling for Turkey's ambassador to be thrown out of the country in response to violence involving members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahns) security detail.
Turkey believes the Kurds in Syria are linked to the PKK.
Tens of thousands of Turks have been detained as Erdogan cracked down on the press and academia following an attempted coup in 2016. The foreign minister was one of the Turkish officials who participated in a lunch meeting between Trump and Erdogan at the White House.
Edward Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urged in a letter US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to address the issue with Ankara. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on Twitter. It said they chanted anti-Erdogan slogans, and that Erdogan's team moved in to disperse them because "police did not heed to Turkish demands to intervene".
Tankan said by telephone that seven security personnel, some carrying firearms, rushed up and began punching him, bruising him all over his body.
McCain's comments come in the wake of a violent scuffle between the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards and protestors this week that left nine people injured.
The United States have been providing support to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which include YPG, with fighting against IS terrorists in Syria.