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New footage shows Erdogan watching Washington brawl

New footage shows Erdogan watching Washington brawl

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

Video shown by Voice of America shows Erdogan in his vehicle outside the Turkish Embassy on Tuesday, talking to a member of his team who then heads to the protest (roughly 0:13 in the clip).

The statement said that the USA communicated its concerns to the Turkish government "in the strongest possible terms".

"Brett McGurk is definitely giving support to PKK and YPG. It would be beneficial if this person is changed", Cavusoglu said.

A State Department spokeswoman said, referring to the incident, the United States is communicating concerns to Turkey's government "in strongest possible terms". "We are not going to go into specifics or speculate on what may happen", a State Department official said in a statement.

Republican Senators Marco Rubio (Florida) and Ted Cruz (Texas) called on the Turkish government to immediately apologize for the violence. John McCain sent a letter to Erdogan on Thursday that describes the "violent response of your security detail" as a "blatant violation" of constitutional freedoms.

A State Department official said Thursday that two members of Erdogan's security detail were arrested and released.

"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America", McCain told MSNBC's Morning Joe broadcast Thursday.

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McCain said "this kind of thing can not go unresponded to diplomatically".

They "began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President". He wrote that bodyguards with Erdogan on his official state visit to Washington "viciously beat multiple individuals, throwing them to the ground and kicking them in the head". A US official said Thursday that wasn't the case.

"We have long supported Turkey as a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and a key United States ally in the region, and we expect conduct more appropriate to our decades-long partnership".

Both pro- and anti-Erdogan groups had gathered outside the embassy Tuesday. The incident left 11 people injured, nine of whom were hospitalized.

Erdogan bodyguards also were involved in the scuffle that occurred on the same day the Turkish leader met with President Donald Trump at the White House.

The EU announced Friday that Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will host the Erdogan for a bilateral meeting ahead of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit later in the day.

Erdogan's bodyguards were involved in two other attacks on USA soil in 2016: during a speaking engagement at the Brookings Institute in April and at the funeral of Muhammad Ali in June.