McCain: Turkey Ambassador Should Leave US

Police said 11 people were injured, including a Washington police officer, and two people were arrested for assault.

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

According to reports, Erdogan's bodyguards pushed past USA police and assaulted a group of protesters hours after the meeting between Trump and Erdogan. "We also said this: If terror organizations pose a threat for us we will use our self-defense right and do what is necessary".

The Turkish embassy claimed that the protesters were "affiliated with the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party)" - a banned separatist group in Turkey - and had assembled without permission.

"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.

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.

"This is what happens in Turkey - this is not what happens in the US", he told the paper.

Attacking with their fists and feet, men in dark suits and others are seen repeatedly kicking one woman as she lay curled on a sidewalk.

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. Videos show people pushing past police to confront a small group of protesters across the street. The two leaders touted strong ties between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but Erdogan emphasized his country will not accept Syrian Kurdish fighters in the region while stopping short of directly criticizing a US decision to arm them.

Earlier on Tuesday, Erdogan met with President Donald Trump at the White House, where the two leaders vowed to fix their countries' relationship and re-establish an economic and military partnership.

Democrat Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) tweeted "Erdogan is so accustomed to beating up protestors in Turkey, evidently he thinks he can get away with such tactics here too".

Erdogan said that the United States had made its decision on the subject of the Raqqa operation and that Turkey could not participate, given the YPG involvement.

Cavusoglu said Trump's approach to disputes over Syria was "more sincere" than that of his predecessor, Barack Obama, who appointed McGurk to his position in 2015.

"The new USA administration is more honest than the previous one", Cavusoglu said.

On Wednesday the State Department gave a statement slamming the violence as inappropriate.

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