Turkey's Erdogan watched as protesters were attacked

Turkey's Erdogan watched as protesters were attacked

Turkey's Erdogan watched as protesters were attacked

Maybe Mr. Trump should consider building a wall around the Turkish ambassador's home in Washington where the real trouble seems to be, not along the U.S. "We want to reassure the people and government of Turkey that the U.S.is committed to preventing additional security risks and protecting our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally".

The State Department has said it is investigating the incident and also issued a statement condemning the Turkish government "in the strongest possible terms".

That's where the No. 2-ranked US diplomat raised concerns about conduct by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail, seen on video violently breaking up a protest earlier this week.

However, the two security detail members that were held after the brawl were released and are already back in Turkey. They were released under a globally recognized custom under which nations don't arrest members of a visiting president's delegation. "This isn't Turkey; this isn't a third world country". A man with a bullhorn is repeatedly kicked in the face.

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.

Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham called Tuesday's attacks on protesters at the Turkish ambassador's residence "brutal".

In the video, D.C. police officers can be seen struggling to protect the small group of protestors who had gathered to speak out against Erdogan's authoritarian policies.

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.

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"We said we would not be in such an operation with you where you ally with terror organizations and so we said good luck", Erdogan said.

While the United States has repeatedly asserted that there is no evidence linking Gulen to the coup attempt, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has raided Hizmet charter schools for information pertaining to accusations of misuse of taxpayer funding.

"Reports indicate that some Turkish officials were involved in assaulting protesters, which violates the most basic rules of democracy and is an affront to the United States and the value we place on the right to free speech, as embodied in our Constitution".

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the agency is "concerned by the violent incidents" and "violence is never an appropriate response to free speech".

Protest organizers said those arrested were part of their group.

The Trump administration rushed to McGurk's defense.

"We respect those concerns, and continue regular consultations with our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally on this and other topics of mutual importance", Nauert said.

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