Turkish violence in Washington presents new Trump headache

"Yesterday afternoon we witnessed what appeared to be a brutal attack on peaceful protesters outside the Turkish ambassador's residence", a police spokesman said.

Erdogan met President Trump at the White House on Tuesday, and during that meeting he made it clear that the decision to arm the group will "never be accepted".

Shortly before Erdogan was due to arrive at the Turkish ambassador's residence, members of his notorious security detail pushed past USA police and assaulted the protest group. Two people were arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault, and D.C. police said Wednesday the investigation is continuing, with the possibility of other people being charged.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said McGurk has done "tremendous work" in coordinating and leading the worldwide coalition against IS, and has the support of the White House and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

According to the Anadolu news agency, Erdogan's guards were forced to intervene after U.S. police took "insufficient security measures" to prevent an illegal demonstration.

But the police said they are also working with the US State Department and Secret Service "to identify and hold all suspects" - suggesting that they are seeking to interview Erdogan's security detail.

"The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense", the statement said. He said police were examining video to identify those responsible.

"This is the United States of America".

A Voice of America video shows police officers struggling to protect a small group of protesters across the street from the embassy from being kicked and beaten bloody by a group of men in dark suits who repeatedly refused their orders to stay away.

The US respects Turkish concerns about its "by, with, and through" approach to the Syrian Democratic Forces led by the YPG, and will continue consulting with ankara as the focus on combating IS continues, Nauert said.

The security detail, he continued, violated American laws on United States ground, and that can not happen. "There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior", McCain initially tweeted after the incident.

According to D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham, the situation was especially "dicey" because some of the Turkish guards were armed.

President Donald Trump walks Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to his auto following his visit to the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

"This is what happens in Turkey - this is not what happens in the US", he told the paper.

Cavusoglu said Turkey received U.S. assurances that arms sent to the YPG would be used only against IS, without explaining how this would be monitored.

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