20 May, 2017
In an interview with Turkish broadcaster NTV, the foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, accused the USA envoy, Brett McGurk, of "providing support" for the PKK and the Syrian force, known as the YPG. He then "exited the vehicle and looked directly toward the melee feet away".
McCain, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, write in the letter to Erdogan that members of the Turkish security detail "allegedly broke through police lines and violently attacked a small group of protesters...wounding at least nine people".
But the Turkish Embassy said the demonstrators were aggressively provoking Turkish-Americans who had gathered to greet the president, and they in turn responded in self-defence.
The Turkish ambassador, Serdar Kilic, "met Wednesday with Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon - a day after the embassy violence", according to the VOA report.
The senator said he was "outraged" after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards appeared to assault protesters Tuesday.
Videos of the incident show people fighting in Washington D.C.'s Sheridan Circle. "This kind of thing can not go unresponded to diplomatically", the senator said in an interview with MSNBC. Another person wrenches a woman's neck and throws her to the ground.
The U.S. State Department is expressing concern about Tuesday's violent clash involving supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and a few dozen protesters outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington. A man with a bullhorn is repeatedly kicked in the face.
The two leaders touted strong ties between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but Erdogan emphasized his country will not accept Syrian Kurdish fighters in the region while stopping short of directly criticizing a US decision to arm them. Video shows Erdogan supporters and bodyguards flooding through the police line and beating protesters on American soil.
In its protest against Trump's decision, Turkey's foreign minister demanded Thursday that Trump dismiss the USA envoy in charge of the anti-IS coalition, Brett McGurk. "Turkey is not a country that will consent to such treatment", Erdogan said in a speech to business leaders in Istanbul.
"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. "We will take such a step and we won't discuss it or consult with anyone".
The PKK is considered a terror group by the USA and Turkey's Western allies.