Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Protesters Beaten in 'Brutal Attack' During Turkish President's United States Visit

Protesters Beaten in 'Brutal Attack' During Turkish President's United States Visit

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.

The US State Department has denounced the brutality of the security personnel accompanying the Turkish President after they roughed anti-Erdogan protesters Tuesday in Washington.

The US State Department has confirmed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail was behind the attack on Kurdish protesters in Washington, DC on Tuesday.

Newsham added that nine people were hospitalized following the skirmish, and two men were arrested.

Videos of the incident show people fighting in Washington D.C.'s Sheridan Circle.

Two former senior administration officials said it was retired Army Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, who rejected such a move, telling the Obama team that the Trump team first wanted to conduct its own review of an ISIS strategy. But due to their diplomatic immunity, they were released on the scene.

"Customary global law affords heads of state and members of their entourage with inviolability from arrest and detention", a State Department official told ABC News. "This is the United States of America". They could see the protestors and their placards- and made a decision to "disperse them".

Members of Congress from both parties have expressed their outrage over the incident. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called for the expulsion of Turkey's ambassador to the United States.

"Obviously he was in charge of the group of thugs that violated American law and beat up people", McCain told ABC News. "We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America".

I agree with @SenJohnMcCain.Unacceptable.

The State Department called the latest incident "deeply disturbing", insisting there would be a "thorough investigation that will allow us to hold the responsible individuals accountable is of the upmost importance to us".

McCain also sent a letter to Erdogan along with his Democratic colleague, Sen.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee also voiced his strong condemnation of the attack, saying that while assaults on freedom of speech, the press, and free assembly have become tragically commonplace in Erdogan's Turkey, such acts do not have a place in the United States. The White House defended Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as "wholly appropriate", as Trump tried to beat back criticism from fellow Republicans and calm worldwide allies increasingly wary about sharing their secrets with the new president.

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