Trump welcomes Turkish president Erdoan at the White House. Photograph: Xinhua / Barcroft Images
Tens of thousands of Turks have been detained as Erdoan cracked down on the press and academia following an attempted coup in 2016. Trump made no mention on Tuesday of Erdoans record on dissent and free speech.
House of Representatives foreign affairs committee chairman Ed Royce, a California Republican, called on attorney general Jeff Sessions and secretary of state Rex Tillerson to hold individuals accountable for the attack.
In a statement, Washington mayor Muriel Bowser called the violence an affront to D.C. (District of Columbia) values and our rights as Americans.
Mehmet Tankan, 31, said he was one of a dozen protesters outside the ambassadors residence chanting slogans condemning Erdoan for supporting Islamic extremists and opposing political rights for Turkeys Kurds when the brawl broke out.
Seven security personnel, some of them carrying firearms, rushed up and began punching him, bruising him all over his body, Tankan said by phone.
Tankan said the violence was worse than when Erdoan visited Washington in 2016 and scuffles erupted between his security detail and demonstrators.
The next time they could kill us easily. Im scared now too, because I dont know how it will affect my life here in the United States, said Tankan, who lives in Arlington, Virginia.