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New footage shows Erdogan watching Washington brawl

New footage shows Erdogan watching Washington brawl

"This is the United States of America", McCain told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program.

"You can not touch us", he tells the officer, seemingly citing diplomatic immunity granted to registered diplomatic agents.

In addition to kicking Kılıç out, McCain suggested bringing lawsuits against those responsible.

Lawsuits can also be sought, said McCain, as "we can identify these people", but the first step should be to throw the ambassador out of the United States.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday he wanted Brett McGurk, the USA special envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, removed from his post, saying he supported Kurdish militants. A US official said Thursday that wasn't the case. Kheirabadi said he is a Kurd who passed through Turkey as a refugee and is now a US citizen.

The Trump administration concedes that it released two members of Erdogan's detail after holding them briefly after the incident outside the Turkish ambassador's residence.

Local police and lawmakers initially speculated that diplomatic immunity prevented the US from holding the men. The aide was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said, "Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech".

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 worldwide allies increasingly wary about sharing their secrets with the new president.

"Today, we face a new enemy in the fight against terrorism, and again we seek to face this threat together", Trump said, adding that it was a "great honor" to host Erdogan at the White House. Video shows people pushing past police to confront a small group of protesters across the street in Sheridan Circle.

Attacking with their fists and feet, men in dark suits and others are seen repeatedly kicking one woman as she lay curled on a sidewalk.

Nine people were injured, one severely, and two were arrested, apparently one from the pro-Kurd side and one from the pro-Erdogan side.

Republican senators Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Marco Rubio issued a statement denouncing the violence and demanding an immediate apology from the Turkish government.

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. Attacks like these are totally unacceptable for any visiting head of state, including Turkey", the Council said in a statement.

Ankara launched its "Euphrates Shield" operation inside Syria previous year, backing Syrian rebels with tanks, air strikes and special forces to sweep Islamic State from its southern border - and stop the advance of the YPG.


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