Turkey demands US fire envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds

Two arrests were made and Washington, D.C. police said other suspects were being sought.

The U.S.is declining to say whether the security agents were granted diplomatic immunity or under what conditions they were released.

Erdogan then gets out of the auto, and starts to watch how his security detail beats the protesters, while the first bodyguard returns to him, as if briefing on the happening. While protesters chant across the street, Erdogan says something from inside the auto to a suited bodyguard standing outside his door. An embassy statement said the group had "aggressively provoked Turkish-American citizens" who had gathered to greet Erdogan.

"Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

US officials have criticized the Turkish government over violence outside its ambassador's residence in Washington.

A video emerged Thursday of Erdogan watching members of his security detail violently clash with protesters in D.C. "We did not convey it to the [Trump] administration in this way but we told them - without giving names - that those who keep their positions may affect our relationship", Çavuşoğlu said.

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This was all happening while President Trump was hosting a visit with Erdogan in the White House.

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 Turkish Embassy, in a statement Wednesday, described the protest as "unpermitted" and "provocative".

During an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" talk show, McCain said that "we should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America". "The State Department has raised its concerns about these events at the highest levels and a thorough investigation that will allow us to hold the responsible individuals accountable is of the utmost importance to us".

Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevült Cavusoglu, said McGurk shows a strong support for the People's Protection Units (YPG), and to the Kurdistan Workers" Party (PKK), which Ankara had declared outlawed and terrorist, so "it would be beneficial if this person is replaced, ' he said. Nor did they answer whether or not the Turkish personnel involved in the attack would be disciplined.

"We witnessed what appeared to be a brutal attack on peaceful protesters", said Peter Newsham, chief of the Metropolitan Police Department in the nation's capital.

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