Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

McCain: 'I'd throw the Turkish ambassador out' over violence in DC

McCain: 'I'd throw the Turkish ambassador out' over violence in DC

"It would be useful if this person was replaced", Cavusoglu told broadcaster NTV after a visit by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Washington this week.

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

Erdogan bodyguards also were involved in the scuffle that occurred on the same day the Turkish leader met with President Donald Trump at the White House.

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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", McCain said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

Turkey's official Anadolu news agency labeled the protesters Kurdish "supporters of terror".

Police barricaded the perimeter to separate the groups. -Turkish tensions that are being compounded by a growing spat over US war strategy against the Islamic State group in Syria.

Video appears to show Erdogan's bodyguards violently breaking up a protest this week while Erdogan was visiting Washington.

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Erdogan said he warned Trump that Turkey would combat YPG if the group posed any security threat. "Somebody told them to go out there and beat up on these peaceful demonstrators".

His comments came hours after Ankara said the United States should dismiss its special envoy in the battle against Islamic State, citing his support for the Kurdish militia.

The United States sees YPG as the most effective force on the ground in the fight against IS group.

"We are concerned by the violent incidents involving protestors and Turkish security personnel Tuesday evening".

"The weapons provided will only be used in Raqqa and its south, they will absolutely not be used against Turkey, this will not be allowed", the minister said.

At their meeting Tuesday, Trump said the US would re-establish its military and economic partnership with Turkey, committing to backing Turkey's defense against both Islamic State and the PKK.

But Erdogan's government views the Syrian Kurdish group known as the YPG as an extension of a Kurdish terrorist organization that operates in Turkey.

Erdogan's security detail reportedly attacked protesters carrying the flag of the Kurdish PYD party outside the ambassador's residence.

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