Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

U.S. releases 2 Turkish bodyguards after violence

U.S. releases 2 Turkish bodyguards after violence

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said McGurk has done "tremendous work" in coordinating and leading the global coalition against IS, and has the support of the White House and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The Trump administration rushed to McGurk's defense.

The video shows Erdogan in the back of a vehicle outside the Turkish ambassador's residence as security officials charged into a crowd of protesters.

Cavusoglu said Trump had understood Turkey's position, and did not challenge Erdogan when the Turkish president set out his possible response to the YPG.

"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America", Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who chairs the Armed Services Committee.

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Royce's letter states that that bodyguards "viciously beat multiple individuals, throwing them to the ground and kicking them in the head".

A congressional aide told The Associated Press that two members of Erdogan's security detail were detained on the scene Tuesday by diplomatic security agents.

Lawmakers have decried what they saw as Erdogan's attitude toward dissent making its way from the Mediterranean to America.

Mr. Erdogan is in Washington on an official state visit. "Turkish Ambassador should be kicked out of country".

A number of U.S. politicians have also denounced the fracas, with Senators John McCain and Diane Feinstein expressing "grave concern" at the incident in a letter to Mr Erdogan.

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In other words, the American police allowed the demonstrators to protest peacefully, as is their constitutional right Our law enforcement agencies are not above excesses of their own in controlling crowds, but those occasions are the exceptions, not official policy. "This shameful incident also calls again into question President Trump's praise for President Erdogan, whose consolidation of power threatens the foundation of Turkey's democracy".

"What we saw yesterday - a violent attack on a peaceful demonstration - is an affront to DC values and our rights as Americans. We have long supported Turkey as a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and a key USA ally in the region, and we expect conduct more appropriate to our decade's long partnership". So have the Kurds.

Most Americans can probably understand and appreciate the complexity of this matter.

The YPG says it is separate from the PKK, though Turkey does not accept this, and insists it does not want conflict with Ankara. By the time they walked to the Turkish Embassy, the group was down to about 15. Graham, the GOP chairman of the Senate subcommittee that controls the foreign affairs budget.

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