McCain: Boot di­plo for D.C. at­tack on pro­test­ers

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY MEERA JA­GAN­NATHAN Am­bas­sador Ser­dar Kilic (above) is un­der fire.

TURKEY’S AM­BAS­SADOR to the U.S. ought to be kicked “the hell out” af­ter Turk­ish se­cu­rity of­fi­cials en­gaged in a bloody clash with pro­test­ers out­side his Wash­ing­ton, D.C., res­i­dence, Sen. John McCain said Thurs­day.

“We should throw their am­bas­sador the hell out of the United States of Amer­ica,” the Ari­zona Repub­li­can told MSNBC’s “Morn­ing Joe,” hours be­fore video emerged of Turkey’s pres­i­dent watch­ing the vi­o­lence.

“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 un­re­sponded to diplo­mat­i­cally,” McCain said.

The se­na­tor said he was “out­raged” af­ter Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan’s body­guards ap­peared to as­sault pro­test­ers Tues­day. The brawl, which broke out dur­ing a protest amid Er­do­gan’s visit with Pres­i­dent Trump, sent nine peo­ple to the hospi­tal.

The Turk­ish Em­bassy al­leged the pro­test­ers had been “ag­gres­sively pro­vok­ing Turk­ish-Amer­i­can cit­i­zens who had peace­fully as­sem­bled to greet the pres­i­dent.”

State De­part­ment spokes­woman Heather Nauert said Wed­nes­day the U.S. was “com­mu­ni­cat­ing our con­cern to the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment in the strong­est pos­si­ble terms.”

Video emerged Thurs­day that shows Er­do­gan watch­ing the melee from the back seat of a car parked in front of Am­bas­sador Ser­dar Kilic’s res­i­dence.

He ex­its the black Mercedes and stands next to the open door, peer­ing through a group of trees as the chaos un­folds. Sev­eral mem­bers of what ap­pears to be his se­cu­rity team then re­join him as he en­ters the home.

Asked by “Morn­ing Joe” co­host Joe Scar­bor­ough what the White House and Se­nate should do to con­demn the at­tack by “thugs linked di­rectly to Er­do­gan,” McCain re­it­er­ated his ini­tial point that he’d “throw the am­bas­sador out.”

Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) on Wed­nes­day echoed McCain’s call for charges to be brought, writ­ing in a let­ter to Sec­re­tary of State Tiller­son and At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions that “agents of for­eign gov­ern­ments should never be im­mune from pros­e­cu­tion for felo­nious be­hav­ior.”

“To send a clear mes­sage that these acts of vi­o­lence will not be tol­er­ated, I ask that you im­me­di­ately look into this mat­ter and bring all ap­pro­pri­ate crim­i­nal charges be­fore these in­di­vid­u­als leave the United States,” wrote Royce, chair­man of the House For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee.

Demo­cratic Sen. Zoe Lof­gren of Cal­i­for­nia also called for the Er­do­gan sup­port­ers and body­guards to be “ar­rested im­me­di­ately and pros­e­cuted.”

Repub­li­can Sens. Marco Ru­bio (Fla.), Tom Cot­ton (Ark.) and Ted Cruz (Tex.) have de­manded an apol­ogy from Turkey.

Sen. John McCain (r.) is out­raged af­ter Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan’s goons blood­ied pro­test­ers, in­clud­ing man above, while Er­do­gan (top) looked on at Turk­ish em­bassy.

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