Senator McCain Calls for Expulsion of Turkish Ambassador

Turkey's President Erdogan delivers a statement to reporters alongside Trump after their meeting at the White House in Washington

In their Oval Office meetings Tuesday, Trump did not mention Erdogan's increasingly tight grip on power in Turkey or allegations of irregular elections under his leadership. It is unclear if they worked for the embassy or were members of the counter-protest.

"We intend to ensure accountability of anybody involved", said DC police chief Peter Newsham of the situation.

Another video shared on social media Thursday showed Erdogan watching the melee unfold from the backseat of his vehicle.

Two people were arrested as the result of the incident, which left a total of nine people injured - two of whom were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. While protesters chant across the street, Erdogan says something from inside the auto to a suited bodyguard standing outside his door.

"What we saw yesterday - a violent attack on a peaceful demonstration - is an affront to DC values and our rights as Americans".

Two men were arrested at the scene, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department said Wednesday, according to the Associated Press, and police hope to pursue charges against the other assailants.

The U.S. State Department has also expressed its official concern "in the strongest possible terms". "Somebody told them to and beat up on these peaceful demonstrators", McCain alleged without identifying who could have given those orders. She said she escaped when a stranger let her into his auto.

The Turkish security officials were briefly detained at the site of the protest by USA law enforcement for their role in the altercation. They were assaulting these people on United States soil. "We would just take the step".

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

Several Republican lawmakers shot back, decrying the violence and demanding that Turkey apologize for the incident.

Later, speaking to reporters at the Turkish embassy, Erdogan underlined Turkey's concerns about the YPG, which Ankara regards as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group fighting a decades-old insurgency in southeast Turkey.

The statement said that the USA communicated its concerns to the Turkish government "in the strongest possible terms".

The incident happened in front of the Turkish ambassador's residence.

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

The United States has the Kurdish rebels as its main ally in the area and plans to carry out an offensive against the city of Raqqa, in the hands of the IS, considered the "capital of the caliphate" in Syrian territory.

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