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McCain: US should expel Turkey envoy over bodyguard violence

20 May 2017

He turns to head inside the Turkish ambassador's residence but not before stopping to look back one last time.

The State Department also says that it summoned Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kilic to discuss the altercation.

Erdogan then gets out of the vehicle, and starts to watch how his security detail beats the protesters, while the first bodyguard returns to him, as if briefing on the happening. Turkish officials said demonstrators were "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President".

So it might remain for the State Department to toss out anyone connected to the incident - at least to demonstrate that here no one is above the law.

Senator John McCain on Thursday called for the envoy to be expelled.

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"I'd throw the Turkish ambassador out", the Arizona Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe", the Hill reported. "This isn't Turkey. This isn't a third-world country, and this kind of thing can not go unresponded to diplomatically".

McCain also sent a letter to Erdogan along with his Democratic colleague, Sen.

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 USA -backed Kurds if they threaten Turkey. Even if diplomatic immunity protects them from prosecution, they can be kicked out of the country for good.

The PKK is considered a terror group by the US and Turkey's Western allies.

The U.S. State Department said the episode was "deeply disturbing" and promised that an investigation would hold those responsible to account.

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The Turkish president had just returned to the embassy after meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House when violence broke out as Turkish security pushed past police to confront protesters.

Eleven people were injured, including a police officer, and nine were taken to a hospital, the police chief, Peter Newsham, said at a news conference Wednesday.

Cavusoglu said Trump had understood Turkey's position, and did not challenge Erdogan when the Turkish president set out his possible response to the YPG.

Shortly afterward, chaos begins, which the police in D.C. said was a "brutal attack on peace protesters" by a member of Erdogan's security detail.

As a result, beyond concern, no action has been taken so far.

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In a statement, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser called the violence "an affront to DC [District of Columbia] values and our rights as Americans".