McCain: ‘I'd throw the Turkish ambassador out’ over violence in DC

Sen. John McCainJohn McCainOvernight Defense: Senate panel passes defense policy bill | House panel presses on with markup | Trump officials say WH statement prevented Syria chemical attack | NATO pledges to raise spending Senate panel passes 0B defense policy bill GOP infighting erupts over healthcare bill MORE (R-Ariz.) said early Thursday that he would advocate for the removal of the Turkish ambassador to the U.S. following a clash between Turkish guards and protesters in Washington, D.C.

"I'd throw the Turkish ambassador out," the lawmaker said during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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McCain's comments come in the wake of a violent scuffle between the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards and protestors this week that left nine people injured.

Two people were arrested in the clash, which occurred outside of the Turkish ambassador's residence.

On Wednesday, McCain condemned Turkish authorities, stating that there is "no excuse" for their "thuggish" behavior.

"This is the United States of America. We do not do this here. There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior," he tweeted.