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Turkish ties hit rough patch after rough Erdogan visit

Turkish ties hit rough patch after rough Erdogan visit

"Yesterday afternoon we witnessed what appeared to be a brutal attack on peaceful protesters outside the Turkish ambassador's residence", a police spokesman said.

The day after the meeting in the Oval Office, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus called Comey personally to enlist his aid in pushing back against media reports that members of Trump's campaign and transition staff had illegal and unreported contacts with Russian officials - reports we now know to be true.

Shortly before Erdogan was due to arrive at the Turkish ambassador's residence, members of his notorious security detail pushed past U.S. police and assaulted the protest group.

Washington police were initially overwhelmed but quickly drafted in reinforcements, quelling the fight and making two arrests, but not before 11 people including a USA officer were hurt.

"Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

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

"The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense", the statement said.

"We should throw the Turkish ambassador out of the country, we should identify those people that performed these unlawful acts of beating people up and they should be charged", Senator John McCain said on national television on Thursday morning.

"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America", he said yesterday.

Video and photographs of the incident show men in dark suits and ties, some holding Turkish flags, kicking and hitting protesters.

"We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms".

Pursuing charges would also threaten to further inflame the uneasy relationship between the United States and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.

The Turkish Embassy said Wednesday night, though, that the demonstration was "unpermitted and provocative". A bodyguard was standing next to the car's open door and was updating the president on the situation, and Erdogan in turn was giving orders. Online court records say he must return to court June 1 and Necmi on July 12.

Tensions between Washington and Istanbul are running high after the Trump administration announced plans to arm Kurdish Syrian militants fighting the Islamic State group despite intense opposition from Turkey, which considers the Kurds as terrorists.

Cavusoglu said Turkey received US assurances that arms sent to the YPG would only be used against IS and not against Turkey, with a promise to support Turkey's fight against the PKK.


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