USA decries Washington, DC, brawl during Erdogan's visit

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

The comment comes as top congressional Republicans are demanding the Trump administration take swift action against the Turkish government after the president's security detail violently broke up a protest earlier in the week outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington.

Authorities in Washington, D.C. are investigating what they called "a brutal attack on peaceful protesters" outside the home of Turkey ambassador Serdar Kilic's home on 16 May 2017. But D.C.'s police chief said on Wednesday that some may be protected by diplomatic immunity. After the violence, Arizona Sen.

However, the State Department said "violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest".

"We should throw the Turkish ambassador out of the country, we should identify those people that performed these unlawful acts of beating people up and they should be charged", Senator John McCain said on national television on Thursday morning.

He went on to call for a diplomatic response from the USA and said the government should press charges against Turkish officials involved in the brawl. "After all, they violated American laws in the United States of America".

Turkey believes the Kurds in Syria are linked to the PKK.

The State Department, Secret Service and Washington, D.C. police are trying to identify the assailants. "This isn't Turkey; this isn't a third-world country; and this kind of thing can not go un-responded to diplomatically". "Someone was beating me in the head nonstop, and I thought, 'Okay, I'm on the ground already, what is the goal to beat me?"

President Donald Trump meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Oval Office. They were assaulting these people on United States soil.Turkish Ambassador should be kicked out of country.

Police said the fighting outside the Turkish ambassador's residence on Tuesday injured 11 people, including a Washington police officer, and led to two arrests for assault. His appearance at the Brookings Institution during the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit was marred when his security detail roughed up demonstrators and tried to eject "undesired" journalists.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce also sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging them to take action over the clashes.

USA government officials have been roundly critical of the guard's actions.

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