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US Senator McCain calls for Turkish ambassador's dismissal

20 May 2017

Turkey called Thursday for the removal of the U.S. diplomat coordinating the worldwide coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, accusing him of backing Syrian Kurdish militia.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose name Donald Trump doesn't know how to pronounce, met with POTUS in Washington on Tuesday, presumably to swap stories about their mutual friend Michael Flynn.

The bloody brawl sent nine to the hospital and Turkish security officials were seen coming out of the ambassador's residence, then retreating to the residence grounds, a law enforcement official said, adding that the same scenario played out a couple of times.

"Obviously he was in charge of the group of thugs that violated American law and beat up people", McCain told ABC News.

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Video shows people pushing past police to confront a small group of protesters across the street in Sheridan Circle.

The US "should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America", Senator John McCain of Arizona, chairman of the Senate Armed Service committee said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

Yesterday, the US State Department said "violence is never an appropriate response to free speech". They have raised concerns with the Turkish government "at the highest levels".

The militia associated with the PYD, the People's Protection Units (YPG), are allies of the United States, while the Turkish government considers them a terrorist organization.

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Turkey also accused the protestors of belonging to a terror group known as the PKK.

The Secret Service announced on Wednesday that it is investigating the attack that sent nine people to the hospital, and according to the D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham, it appeared to be unprovoked. "A violent attack on a peaceful demonstration is an affront to D.C. values and our rights as Americans", she said.

The melee followed an otherwise uneventful Oval Office meeting between President Trump and Erdogan at which the two agreed to fight terrorism, Erdogan's definition of "terrorists" sadly including just about anyone who disagrees with him. "They stopped us for a few minutes ... but we still stayed and continued to protest Erdogan's tyrannical regime". He added that some members of the pro-Erdogan group were carrying firearms, which made it more hard for police to contain the scene.

"I'm still outraged at this Turkish beating", McCain said. But in the US, it is a protected right.

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