Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose name Donald Trump doesn't know how to pronounce, met with POTUS in Washington on Tuesday, presumably to swap stories about their mutual friend Michael Flynn. Erdogan was visiting the city to finalize a trade agreement between the two countries when the detail attacked lawmaker Diego Vintimilla, who was reportedly protecting a female demonstrator. They could see the protestors and their placards- and chose to "disperse them". Eyewitness accounts, along with the testimony of Washington DC's police chief, confirm that the protest was loud but peaceful until Erdogan's goons waded in and attacked.
"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. A video showed two men bleeding from the head, and men in dark suits punching and kicking protesters, some lying on the ground.
Authorities in Washington, D.C. are investigating what they called "a brutal attack on peaceful protesters" outside the home of Turkey ambassador Serdar Kilic's home on 16 May 2017.
The State Department says it has expressed its concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms.
Washington's Metropolitan Police Department said it had arrested two United States residents Ayten Necmi, 49, and Jalal Kheirabadi, 42, over the incident.
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"People have the right in our country to peacefully demonstrate, and they were peacefully demonstrating", said McCain.
"The conduct of Turkish security personnel earlier this week is deeply disturbing", the official said. "And I thought, 'okay I'm on the ground already, what is the goal to beat me?'"
On Wednesday, there was rare bipartisan agreement on two things: appointing Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russia's meddling in the USA presidential election was a good idea, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's armed security detail beating and kicking peaceful protesters outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington was an outrage. "We are telling you this now in advance", he said. "We just celebrated our President".
Some of the protesters carried posters and flags linked to the PKK terrorist organization, an Anadolu Agency correspondent reported.
ISTANBUL (AP) Turkey's leader told Donald Trump that his country will keep on fighting Syrian Kurdish militants even though they are a key US ally against the Islamic State group, Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday, adding that a top USA envoy should be fired for backing the Kurds.
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"This kind of thing cannot go un-responded to diplomatically", said McCain, suggesting that the United States sue the Turkish government if the bodyguards responsible for the violence can't be identified.
His comments came hours after Ankara said the United States should dismiss its special envoy in the battle against Islamic State, citing his support for the Kurdish militia.
The violence and injuries were the result of this unpermitted, provocative demonstration.
Congressmen like John McCain (R-AZ) are demanding a decisive response to the Turkish officials' actions. "We are not going to go into specifics or speculate on what may happen", a State Department official said in a statement.
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