United States summons Turkey envoy for embassy brawl

SAUDI ARABIA

The official account of the Riyadh summit

He went on to plead for the replacement of Brett McGurk, the USA presidential envoy for the global coalition against IS.

"McGurk is definitely giving support to PKK and YPG. It would be beneficial if this person is changed", Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told NTV television.

Sen. John McCain said the United States should toss the Turkish ambassador "the hell out" after a demonstration outside the envoy's home in Washington turned violent and several protesters were beaten bloody.

"This kind of thing cannot go unresponded to diplomatically", he said, adding that legal action could be pursued.

The Turkish government placed the blame at the feet of the protesters, claiming that they were affiliated with "terrorist" groups. We do not do this here. "There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior", McCain added in his Twitter post.

"These are not just average people at this", McCain said about the bodyguards.

A Voice of America video showed police officers struggling to protect the protesters and ordering the men in suits to retreat.

A separate video shows Erdogan arriving and sitting in his auto as the fight breaks out, before then emerging and watching. One woman was shown being kicked repeatedly as she lay on the sidewalk, while a man is seen being kicked in the face. The two leaders touted strong ties between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but Erdogan emphasized his country will not accept Syrian Kurdish fighters in the region while stopping short of directly criticizing a US decision to arm them.

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Video has emerged of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an official auto apparently watching as a goon squad of men in suits charged from near where his vehicle was parked in Washington and attacked peaceful protesters across the street. Police believe "there could be a diplomatic immunity issue".

Several other Senate Republicans, including Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas, called on the Turkish government to immediately apologize for the violence. Eventually Erdogan turns away and slowly walks into the embassy.

WASHINGTON-Senator John McCain, one of the leading foreign policy voices in Congress, on Thursday urged the expulsion of Turkey's US ambassador after pro-Turkish groups brutally attacked protesters during Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's recent visit to DC.

The Turkish Embassy blamed the demonstrators, accusing them of provoking Turkish-Americans who were there to support Erdogan.

"The actions of your staff violate the constitutional protections of freedom of the press and freedom of assembly enjoyed by all Americans", they wrote in a letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday.

Two men were arrested at the scene, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department said Wednesday, according to the Associated Press, and police hope to pursue charges against the other assailants.

"We told them ... we do not regard your cooperation with a terrorist group in Raqqa as healthy", Erdogan was cited as saying, but he said he expected a role for Turkey in Syria.

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