Senator calls for ejection of Turkish ambassador

Senator calls for ejection of Turkish ambassador

Senator calls for ejection of Turkish ambassador

A protest outside the ambassador's residence broke out Tuesday after Turkish President Recep Erdogan visited President Donald Trump at the White House.

Washington's Metropolitan Police Department said it had arrested two USA residents, Ayten Necmi, 49, and Jalal Kheirabadi, 42, over the incident.

And while State also confirmed that two members of the Turkish president's security team were detained after the attacks, they were soon released on diplomatic immunity grounds. Video shows Erdogan supporters and bodyguards flooding through the police line and beating protesters on American soil.

The Turkish embassy's take on the situation is quite different: they're claiming that demonstrators were "affiliated with the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party)" and that they "began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President".

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the agency is "concerned by the violent incidents" and "violence is never an appropriate response to free speech". Senator John McCain, a Republican, urged the Trump administration to expel the Turkish ambassador over the incident.

A member of his security detail speaks to the president before walking over to another bodyguard.

McCain added: "It should have repercussions, including identifying these people and bringing charges against them".

Turkey's president told the United States it will not join any military operations that include Kurdish fighters in Syria.

Turkey, the United States and European Union consider the PKK a terrorist organization. "The State Department has raised its concerns about these events at the highest levels and a thorough investigation that will allow us to hold the responsible individuals accountable is of the utmost importance to us".

Roughly two dozen protesters had gathered outside of the embassy in a peaceful protest of the Turkish leader's policies on a range of issues such as his government's stance toward the Kurds and Armenians to his perceived assault on the country's democratic institutions.

"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America", McCain said on Thursday.

Those statements are a sign of Turkey's discontent due to the lack of results of the meeting between Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his US peer, Donald Trump. Washington voiced concern over the air strikes and said they harmed the coalition's fight against Islamic State.

McCain said "this kind of thing can not go unresponded to diplomatically".

What happened next has been described by the DC Police Department's Chief as a "brutal attack" on peaceful protestors.

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