Turkish ties hit rough patch after rough Erdogan visit

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov center Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides left and Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland talk together prior to a session of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers at the Filoxeni

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov center Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides left and Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland talk together prior to a session of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers at the Filoxeni

The US agrees with Turkey in designating the PKK as a terrorist organization, but rejects the idea that Kurdish forces in Syria or Iraq should be treated in the same fashion.

The State Department condemned the attack as an assault on free speech, issuing a statement to express its concern regarding the violence outside the Turkish ambassador's residence. Witnesses reportedly said that the protesters were demanding that a pro-Kurdish lawmaker, Selahattin Demirtas, be released from prison in Turkey. The White House defended Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as "wholly appropriate", as Trump tried to beat back criticism from fellow Republicans and calm global allies increasingly wary about sharing their secrets with the new president.

The U.S. State Department has summoned Turkish Ambassador in Washington Serdar Kılıç on May 17 over a street brawl outside the Turkish diplomatic mission that erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel during President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit, sources have told the Hürriyet Daily News.

The Turkish Embassy maintains the bodyguards were acting in self defense and that the protesters were "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the president".

On Thursday, in response to the clashes, Sen.

"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America", the Arizona Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday.

McCain said "this kind of thing can not go un-responded to diplomatically".

The D.C. Police Department said in a statement, "We will continue to work with our partners at the Unites States State Department and the United States Secret Service to identify and hold all subject accountable for their involvement in the altercation".

The U.S. says there's an ongoing investigation that will allow the U.S.

"We see that the current administration is very different and more honest than the previous administration", Cavusoglu said.

"The next time they could kill us easily".

McClatchy newspapers was first to report that Flynn opposed the military operation to the Obama administration after recently lobbying for a Turkish owned firm. The Administration has thus far been conspicuously silent on this incident, but it can not go unanswered. Last year, Turkish security officials manhandled several journalists at a Washington think tank where Erdogan was set to speak.

On Wednesday, Turkey's official Anadolu news agency labeled the protesters Kurdish "supporters of terror".

And Erdogan, speaking in Istanbul two days after meeting Trump, said he was putting Washington on notice that his forces won't hesitate to attack US -backed Kurds if they threaten Turkey.

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