McCain: Turkish ambassador should get 'the hell out'

In its protest against Trump's decision, Turkey's foreign minister demanded Thursday that Trump dismiss the USA envoy in charge of the anti-IS coalition, Brett McGurk. He added that some members of the pro-Erdogan group were carrying firearms, which made it more hard for police to contain the scene.

"I am sad that I could not keep my calm in the face of all the provocation, insults, and attacks that I was subjected to that day", he said, according to Turkey's semi-official Anadolu news agency.

Erdogan did not specify what measures he might order, but said Turkey had shown its fighting capabilities when Turkish forces and Syrian rebels seized territory in northern Syria a year ago, pushing back Islamic State fighters and prompting a limited withdrawal of the YPG militia.

"The conduct of Turkish security personnel earlier this week is deeply disturbing", the spokesperson said.

Some of the protesters were knocked down and kicked repeatedly in the head.

Turkey blamed the violence outside its ambassador's residence on demonstrators linked to the PKK, but Washington's police chief called it a "brutal attack" on peaceful protesters.

The official also confirmed that two members of Erdogan's security detail "were briefly detained during the altercations and subsequently released" and returned to Turkey with Erdogan. Under global law, foreign officials and their traveling detail can not be detained.

"What we saw yesterday - a violent attack on a peaceful demonstration - is an affront to DC values and our rights as Americans", D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said.

On Thursday, in response to the clash outside the residence, Sen. "I'm scared now too because I don't know how it will affect my life here in the United States", said Tankan, who lives in Arlington, Virginia.

McCain said "this kind of thing can not go unresponded to diplomatically". "The United States recognizes this inviolability, which provides reciprocal protection for the United States overseas".

"Clearly Erdogan's guards feel complete impunity, drawing on tools of repression they use at home & knowing he has their back, no matter what", wrote former USA ambassador to the UN Samantha Power on Twitter.

"We are going to pursue everything that's within our legal power to hold the folks that were responsible accountable for their actions".

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said McGurk has "the full support and backing" of Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

"Turkey is a key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally that faces legitimate domestic security concerns emanating from ISIS, PKK, and other designated terrorist organizations", Nauert said. "We are already telling you in advance, our rules of engagement give us this authority, we will take such a step and we won't discuss it or consult with anyone". ISIS is an acronym for the Islamic State. Hell, Trump probably wishes he had a security force that would do stuff like this.

Cavusoglu said Turkey received USA assurances that arms sent to the YPG would be used only against IS, without explaining how this would be monitored. In response, Turkish officials told their US counterparts that they reserved the right to step up military action against the YPG in Syria.

To Turkey's dismay, Trump has chose to arm Syrian Kurdish militants in the impending fight to retake the key city of Raqqa.

Cavusoglu said Thursday that the Trump administration "did not show any reaction" to the Turkish warning. Naturally they haven't said anything about this.

  • Leroy Wright