Senator calls for ejection of Turkish ambassador

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Speaking in Istanbul two days after meeting President Donald Trump in Washington, Erdogan criticized the USA decision to ally with "terror organizations" for the long-awaited operation to capture Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group.

The Anadolu Agency, a state-owned Turkish news service, reported that members of the president's security team were involved in the attack.

Washington and Ankara are bitterly at odds over USA support for the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, which Turkey considers a front for outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels. He warned that senior USA diplomat Brett McGurk, in the anti-IS coalition, should not "poison" the administration by backing Kurdish groups.

"This isn't Turkey. This isn't a third-world country", McCain said on MSNBC. Footage of the assault showing protesters being kicked, choked and stomped drew widespread outrage as it was circulated on social media.

The aide said two members of Erdogan's security detail were detained on the scene Tuesday by diplomatic security agents. Under worldwide law, foreign officials and their traveling detail can not be detained.

Erdogan, speaking to a group of business leaders in Istanbul, said he told the United States that Turkey would "exercise its rights under the rules of engagement", without consulting anyone, if it faced a threat.

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The embassy blamed the violence on groups linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), saying they "aggressively provoked Turkish-American citizens" who had gathered to greet Erdogan.

In a letter to Erdoğan Thursday, Sen.

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

McCain says, "We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America".

The executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America, who witnessed Tuesday's bloody attacks against protesters of the regime of visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, called the violence the "very type of intolerance that has come to predominate in Turkey - and it has now been exported here". "They were assaulting these people on USA soil", McCaskill tweeted. "We want to reassure the people and government of Turkey that the U.S.is committed to preventing additional security risks and protecting our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally".

On Wednesday, the State Department said "violence is never an appropriate response to free speech".

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"We respect those concerns, and continue regular consultations with our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally on this and other topics of mutual importance", Nauert said. ISIS is an acronym for the Islamic State.

Turkey is keen to join a future battle to recapture the de facto IS capital of Raqa in Syria, but only if Kurdish militia forces do not participate.

The video is filmed from behind a black Mercedes Benz occupied by Erdogan, who had just left a White House meeting with President Trump.

The Turkish security officials were briefly detained at the site of the protest by USA law enforcement for their role in the altercation.

"When we take this step, we don't speak or consult with anyone as we don't have any time to waste".

"I believe they will knock on our door on the subject of Syria", he said.

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"They welcomed it with understanding", he said.

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