US, Turkey spar over Erdogan visit violence, Kurdish support

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The United States is expressing concern over a clash involving protesters and supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "This isn't Turkey. This isn't a third-world country, and this kind of thing can not go unresponded to diplomatically, and maybe in other ways". He suggests lawsuits against the responsible bodyguards.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., joined in on Twitter, calling the violence "unacceptable" and echoing McCain's demand that the ambassador be sent back to Turkey. Kheirabadi said he is a Kurd who passed through Turkey as a refugee and is now a USA citizen. "It would be beneficial for this person to change", he said, accusing the diplomat of carrying on Obama-administration policies.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the United States should replace its special envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition, Brett McGurk, because of his perceived support for Kurdish "militants" in northern Syria, Turkey's state news agency Anadolu reported Thursday.

Erdogan said he warned Trump that Turkey would combat YPG if the group posed any security threat.

The US has summoned the Turkish ambassador after violence erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel in Washington on Tuesday.

State Department official Heather Nauert said in a statement the us concerns would be communicated to the Turkish government "in the strongest possible" way.

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The remarks from Graham and McCain come afterRep. "We are not going to go into specifics or speculate on what may happen", a State Department official said in a statement.

In his first public address since returning from a visit with U.S. President Donald Trump, Erdogan said he told the United States that Ankara would "exercise its rights under the rules of engagement", without consulting anyone, if it felt it needed to. Video shows people pushing past police to confront a small group of protesters across the street in Sheridan Circle. One woman was shown being kicked repeatedly as she lay on the sidewalk, while a man is seen being kicked in the face.

The protesting group held banners that read: "Freedom to Demirtas!" in a reference to Selahattin Demirtas, the leader of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) who has been under arrest over terrorism charges since Nov 4, 2016.

"The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense", the statement read.

Tensions between Washington and Istanbul are running high after the Trump administration announced plans to arm Kurdish Syrian militants fighting the Islamic State group despite intense opposition from Turkey, which considers the Kurds as terrorists.

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