US summoned Turkish ambassador after protester violence

US summoned Turkish ambassador after protester violence

The clash happened as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned to the embassy after meeting with President Donald Trump earlier Tuesday.

State Department official Heather Nauert said in a statement the USA concerns would be communicated to the Turkish government "in the strongest possible" way.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Wednesday the USA was "communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms". The newspaper editorial team called them "thugs", and called for a stronger us response, including the dismissal of Embassy staff from the country.

By coddling dictators such as Erdogan and allowing Turkey to export its "democratic" values by silencing its opposition through threats and violence, the USA administration displays weakness, encourages further incidents, and puts American citizens at risk.

Supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, including his government security forces and several armed individuals, violently charged a group of protesters outside the Turkish ambassador's residence on Tuesday night in what the police characterized as "a brutal attack".

"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America", said McCain on MSNBC's Morning Joe show, in response to video that appears to show the violence.

"This is the United States of America, this isn't Turkey, this isn't a third-world country, and this kind of thing can not go un-responded to diplomatically and maybe in other ways", McCain continued, while a guest on MSNBC's Morning Joe. "This isn't Turkey. This isn't a third-world country, and this kind of thing can not go unresponded to diplomatically".

The video also suggests that Erdogan gave the orders for the assault to a bodyguard standing outside his Mercedes Benz moments before the beat-down began. They were assaulting these people on United States soil.Turkish Ambassador should be kicked out of country. Videos show people pushing past police to confront a small group of protesters across the street.

Royce writes, "Alarmingly, this behavior is indicative of the broad crackdowns on political activists, journalists and religious freedom in Turkey that have greatly harmed Turkish democracy in recent years". A man with bullhorn is repeatedly kicked in the face. A guard grabs another woman's neck and throws her to the ground. An embassy statement said the group had "aggressively provoked Turkish-American citizens" who had gathered to greet Erdogan.

"The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense", the statement read. The brawl, which broke out during a protest amid Erdogan's visit with President Trump, sent nine people to the hospital.

The VOA footage zooms in as Erdogan's security detail is seen punching and kicking the protesters.