U.S. decries Washington brawl during Turkish president's visit

"I'd throw the Turkish ambassador out", the Arizona Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe", the Hill reported. Another wrenches a woman's neck and throws her to the ground.

Nine people were hospitalized after the encounter.

"Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest", a statement reads.

Hours later, protests at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., would turn violent with his security team accused of brutality against protesters.

"This kind of thing cannot go un-responded to diplomatically", said McCain, suggesting that the U.S. sue the Turkish government if the bodyguards responsible for the violence can't be identified.

The United States said it voiced its "strongest possible" concern to Turkey over a street brawl that erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington.

"We said we would not be in such an operation with you where you ally with terror organizations and so we said good luck", President Recep Tayyip Erodogan said after meeting President Donald Trump in Washington, according to AP. Foreign security guards kicking and stomping US protesters in the nation's capital did not sit well in Washington.

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

The State Department, Secret Service and Washington, D.C. police are trying to identify the assailants.

Erdogan also said that the United States had made up its mind on Raqa, which meant Turkey could not join the operation "under the current circumstances", referring to the YPG's involvement.

"We are going to pursue everything that's within our legal power to hold the folks that were responsible accountable for their actions", D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a press conference.

Turkey launched its Euphrates Shield operation inside Syria a year ago, backing Syrian rebels with tanks, air strikes and special forces to sweep Islamic State from its southern border and stop the advance of the Syrian Kurdish YPG, which Ankara regards as a terrorist organization. The embassy alleged, without evidence, that the demonstrators were associated with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade-long insurgency against Turkey and is considered a terrorist group by the United States.

"These are not just average people that did this beating, this is Erdogan's security detail", said McCain.

This is not the first time that Erdogan's entourage has been embroiled in a physical fight with protesters on US soil.

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