Lawmakers demand swift action for Turkish Embassy violence

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday speaks to the media following meetings with President Trump at the White House. Hours later protests at the Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C. would turn violent with his security team accused of brutal

Lawmakers demand swift action for Turkish Embassy violence

The clash between the peaceful protesters and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's armed security guards took place after he appeared at the White House for his first face-to-face meeting with President Trump. "We look forward to having very strong and solid discussions".

The aide, identified as Yusuf Yerkel by Turkish media and CNN Turk, reportedly said he was deeply saddened by the events.

Video emerged Thursday that shows Erdogan watching the melee from the back seat of a auto parked in front of Ambassador Serdar Kilic's residence.

There may be issues with diplomatic immunity, Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a news conference Wednesday. And in general, Erdogan is a figure who presides over profound political polarization back home. A man with a bullhorn is repeatedly kicked in the face.

Erdogan said that the United States had made its decision on the subject of the Raqqa operation and that Turkey could not participate, given the YPG involvement.

The Turkish Embassy, in a statement Wednesday, described the protest as "unpermitted" and "provocative".

The fracas erupted as Erdogan arrived at the ambassador's residence following a meeting with President Donald Trump. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the agency is "concerned by the violent incidents" and "violence is never an appropriate response to free speech".

Brett McGurk is "definitely giving support" to Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on May 18.

Similar clashes happened a year ago when Erdogan visited Washington for a nuclear security summit. The State Department also said that it had summoned Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kilic to discuss the altercation with Tom Shannon, the acting deputy secretary of state.

"The demonstrators began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President". "We said, 'We can not be in an operation where there are terror organizations".

Turkey called on President Donald Trump to get rid of Brett McGurk, the US envoy for the global coalition to counter Islamic State, over his backing for Kurdish groups it views as its top national security threat.

At their meeting Tuesday, Trump said the USA would re-establish its military and economic partnership with Turkey, committing to backing Turkey's defense against both Islamic State and the PKK.

"We can not lift the rule of emergency unless everything reaches peace and welfare", Erdogan told a meeting of business leaders in Istanbul.

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