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Beyer calls for expulsion of Turkish Ambassador from US after attacks on protesters in DC

Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 11, 2016, on the introduction of the Freedom of Religion Act. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) has called for the expulsion of the Turkish Ambassador to the United States following the attacks on peaceful protesters outside the ambassador’s residence in Washington earlier in the week.

Video has emerged showing President Erdogan watching the attacks on the protesters by his security forces.

Beyer joined with many Members of Congress in calling for the ambassador’s ouster.

“President Trump should immediately expel the Turkish Ambassador to the United States,” Beyer said. “President Erdogan’s attacks on human rights and democratic institutions in Turkey are disgraceful, but condoning such attacks on American soil betrays our deepest values."

“As someone who has represented my country abroad as an ambassador, I have a special appreciation for the vital role that envoys play and the expectations for honorable behavior that come with this responsibility. These actions fall grievously short of that standard, and the US must take a stand.”

Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, expressed outrage Thursday at video that appears to show Erdogan's bodyguards violently breaking up a protest earlier this week outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington.

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

Beyer served as the United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Lichtenstein from 2009 until 2013.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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