Adding to the tension, on Thursday U.S. Senator John McCain called for the expulsion of Turkey's U.S. ambassador after violence erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel during Erdogan's visit. In addition, "the U.S. Department of State is working closely with local authorities concerning this incident". -Turkish tensions compounded by a spat over USA war strategy against the Islamic State group in Syria.
"McGurk is definitely giving clear support to the PKK and YPG", Cavusoglu was quoted as saying. "It would be beneficial for this person to change", he said.
"It is critical that we are closely linked with partners on the ground to coordinate both military and civilian efforts to sustain momentum and focus against ISIS", Nauert said, using an acronym for Islamic State. They were assaulting these people on United States soil.Turkish Ambassador should be kicked out of country.
Because the altercation took place in broad daylight, many wonder if the USA will charge the security personnel and other Erdogan supporters involved in the attack - all of whom could potentially claim diplomatic immunity.
A congressional aide told The Associated Press that two members of Erdogan's security detail were detained on the scene Tuesday by diplomatic security agents, and they quickly claimed diplomatic immunity and were released. "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".
"This is the United States of America", McCain wrote. "This isn't Turkey. This isn't a third-world country, and this kind of thing can not go unresponded to diplomatically".
In a statement, the Turkish embassy blamed the fighting on demonstrators who "began aggressively provoking" Turkish-American citizens who had assembled to greet Erdogan.More news: Trump says Lieberman front-runner to head Federal Bureau of Investigation
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Spokesman Martin Schaefer said Consul General Georg Birgelein met for 80 minutes with Die Welt correspondent Deniz Yucel on Thursday for an unsupervised conversation.
And Erdogan, speaking in Istanbul two days after meeting Trump, put Washington on notice that his forces won't hesitate to attack US -backed Kurds if they threaten Turkey.
Earlier President Trump and president Erdogan promised to strengthen ties between their two nations, despite the Turkish leader's stern warning about Washington's arming of Kurdish militias.
"Turkey is a key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally that faces legitimate domestic security concerns emanating from ISIS, PKK, and other designated terrorist organizations", Nauert said.
Washington's Metropolitan Police Department said it had arrested two U.S. residents, Ayten Necmi, 49, and Jalal Kheirabadi, 42, over the incident.