Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called on Thursday for the Turkish ambassador to be kicked out of the United States after protesters were beaten outside of the ambassador’s Washington, D.C., residence earlier this week.
A protest outside the ambassador’s residence broke out Tuesday after Turkish President Recep Erdogan visited President Donald Trump at the White House. Erdogan also visited Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kılıç’s home on Tuesday.
The protest turned violent, and nine people were injured. McCain said during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the men responsible for the violence were members of “Erdogan’s security detail.”
"I'm still outraged at this Turkish beating," McCain said. "We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America."
"This is the United States of America, this isn't Turkey, this isn't a third-world country, and this kind of thing cannot go un-responded to diplomatically and maybe in other ways," McCain added.
In addition to kicking Kılıç out, McCain suggested bringing lawsuits against those responsible.
“After all, they violated American laws in the United States of America,” he said. "So, you cannot have that happen in the United States of America. People have the right in our country to peacefully demonstrate and they were peacefully demonstrating."
In a written statement, a spokesperson for the Turkish Embassy said:
Groups affiliated with the PKK, which the U.S. and Turkey have designated as a terrorist organization, gathered yesterday without permit in Sheridan Circle in the immediate vicinity of the Ambassador’s Residence, while the President of Turkey was visiting the Residence. The demonstrators began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President. The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense and one of them was seriously injured. The violence and injuries were the result of this unpermitted, provocative demonstration. We hope that, in the future, appropriate measures will be taken to ensure that similar provocative actions causing harm and violence do not occur.
(H/T Washington Free Beacon)