"It is not clear whether in all their interactions Mr. Comey answered Mr. Trump's question or if he ever told him whether he was under investigation", wrote the Times' Michael S. Schmidt.
The State Department said Wednesday that "violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest".
"If there were any Turkish Embassy officials involved in beating up these protesters, I will call for them to be removed from the country", said Graham, the GOP chairman of the Senate subcommittee that controls the foreign affairs budget.
"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America", he said yesterday.
Washington police were initially overwhelmed but quickly drafted in reinforcements, quelling the fight and making two arrests, but not before 11 people including a United States officer were hurt.
Meanwhile, U.S. Senator John McCain, one of the leading foreign policy voices in Congress, on May 18 urged the expulsion of Turkey's U.S. ambassador after violence erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel during President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's recent visit. "The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense and one of them was seriously injured".
"Our President told his counterpart that we would fight YPG", Mevlut Cavusoglu told private NTV television Thursday while discussing Tuesday's meeting between Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Donald Trump.
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Police said they had arrested two people for assault and identified them as U.S. residents, 49-year-old Ayten Necmi of NY and 42-year-old Jalal Kheirabadi of Virginia.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said it was "an affront to DC values and our rights as Americans".
Investigators with the Metropolitan Police Department are working with the Secret Service and the State Department to identify the people on the videos.
But Trump stood out in his praise for Erdogan in April, surprising the global community when he called the Turkish president to congratulate him on a controversial referendum win that expanded his power. On May 17, the United States voiced its "strongest possible" concern to Turkey over the street brawl that left at least 11 people injured and appeared to include members of Erdoğan's security detail kicking people who were on the ground.
At their meeting Tuesday, Trump said the USA would re-establish its military and economic partnership with Turkey, committing to backing Turkey's defense against both Islamic State and the PKK.
"The weapons provided will only be used in Raqqa and its south, they will absolutely not be used against Turkey, this will not be allowed", Cavusoglu said.
Trump angered Erdogan by agreeing to send arms to Syrian Kurds fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a move Turkey fears could empower its own Kurdish minority.