Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

McCain: Turkey Ambassador Should Leave US

McCain: Turkey Ambassador Should Leave US

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said McGurk has done "tremendous work" in coordinating and leading the global coalition against IS, and has the support of the White House and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

But the police said they are also working with the US State Department and Secret Service "to identify and hold all suspects" - suggesting that they are seeking to interview Erdogan's security detail.

A Voice of America video shows police officers struggling to protect a small group of protesters across the street from the embassy from being kicked and beaten bloody by a group of men in dark suits who repeatedly refused their orders to stay away.

Turkey's foreign minister also demanded that a USA envoy be removed for allegedly backing the Kurds, but the State Department said Brett McGurk has the "full support" of the Trump administration.

Two men were arrested at the scene, and police intend to pursue charges against others involved, the Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement on Wednesday.

Mr Erdogan, who met President Donald Trump earlier in the day, was visiting Turkish ambassador Serdar Kılıç's residence when the scuffle broke out. "The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense and one of them was seriously injured".

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had reiterated his pledge to destroy the US-backed YPG militia fighting Isis at their White House meeting on Tuesday. The statement said that the USA communicated its concerns to the Turkish government "in the strongest possible terms".

Sen. Patrick Leahy's tweet said "We've got to come back to American values".

Police Chief Peter Newsham said on Wednesday the violence was "not something we tolerate in our city". "This is the United States of America".

Lawsuits can also be sought, said McCain, as "we can identify these people", but the first step should be to throw the ambassador out of the United States. A bodyguard was standing next to the car's open door and was updating the president on the situation, and Erdogan in turn was giving orders.

Kheirabadi told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he joined the demonstration, saying "Erdogan is a terrorist" and "Mr. Trump, please say no to Erdogan", when Turkish security staff "just attacked us". Kheirabadi said he is a Kurd who passed through Turkey as a refugee and is now a USA citizen. They said they expected "conduct more appropriate" from Turkey, a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and a key USA ally.

Trump and his national security team say the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, is the most effective battlefield partner against the Islamic State in northern and eastern Syria.

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