US officials criticize Turkey after attack on DC protesters

Erdogan says Turkey will act if Syrian Kurdish militia attacks- media

At their meeting Tuesday, Trump said the U.S. would re-establish its military and economic partnership with Turkey, committing to backing Turkey's defense against both Islamic State and the PKK. The unseemly incident is adding to U.S.

The U.S. says there's an ongoing investigation that will allow the U.S.

But McCain isn't the only lawmaker making blunt calls for action.

The United States is expressing concern over a clash involving protesters and supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Cavusoglu was speaking in an interview with broadcaster NTV after returning from a visit with President Tayyip Erdogan to Washington where they met President Donald Trump. She said a bodyguard threatened to kill her. "And this kind of thing can not go unresponded to diplomatically". A USA official said Thursday that wasn't the case. She said a pro-Erdogan supporter attacked her.

The guards' release left the US struggling to point to anything that amounts to accountability.

He also warned that Turkey would respond to any threat posed to it.

"There must be consequences", Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, said Thursday.

The Middle Eastern strongman's visit to President Trump this week led to demonstrations against his regime, which recently cemented itself through a referendum giving Erdogan more power.

As the violence broke out, videos from the confrontation quickly spread on social media showing Erdogan's bodyguards pummeling people, even kicking people in the face. Almost a dozen people were injured.

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"This isn't Turkey. This isn't a third-world country", McCain said on MSNBC. Video published Thursday appears to show Erdogan calmly watching the whole thing go down. He later exits the vehicle and peers toward the chaos.

It added that demonstrators began "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet" Erdogan.

Turkey and the United States have branded the PKK a terrorist group, but the United States thinks differently about the YPG and fights with them against ISIS.

The violent capstone to Erdogan's visit spoke to the sky-high tensions between the US and Turkey, NATO allies that have increasingly sparred over USA strategy toward defeating IS militants in Syria.

Tensions were high after Mr Trump said he would arm the Syrian Kurds. Washington sees the militia as best suited for an eventual siege of Raqqa, the Syrian stronghold of Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday called for the removal of Brett McGurk, the top USA envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, alleging he supported Kurdish militants.

"We said we would not be in such an operation with you where you ally with terror organizations and so we said good luck", Erdogan said.

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

Republicans are calling on the Trump administration to investigate whether criminal charges are warranted against any of the bodyguards.

A student waves a Turkish flag with a portrait of modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk during a march in support of the republic and against terrorism in Ankara on May 18, 2017. "We said, 'We can not be in an operation where there are terror organizations".

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