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Trump Authorizes More Tariffs Against Turkey Over Defense Policy, Imprisonment of American Pastor

Trump Authorizes More Tariffs Against Turkey Over Defense Policy, Imprisonment of American Pastor

“Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!”

President Donald Trump tweeted out that he doubled tariffs on steel and aluminum on Turkey as the two countries continue to fight over defense policy and the imprisonment of American pastor Andrew Brunson.

Turkish dictator president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared that his country “will not lose the economic war” with America.

The White House stated that Trump only “authorized the preparation of documents to raise tariffs” on aluminum and steel on Turkey.

Erdoğan declared that Turkey will not lose this “war” against America even though the lira continues to fall. From Hürriyet Daily News:

“Those who have dollars, euros or gold under their pillows [savings at home] should go and exchange them with the [Turkish] lira. This is a national struggle. This will be my nation’s response to those who have declared an economic war,” he added.

While the Turkish Lira continued to tumble, Erdoğan also addressed locals during his first trip to his hometown in the Black Sea province of Rize following the June 24 elections late Aug. 9.

“We will work a lot and we will try to make our country more modern with all of its 81 provinces, God willing. Just know that we are better than yesterday now, and tomorrow we will be better than today. Don’t worry,” Erdoğan said.

“There are various campaigns. Don’t care about them. And don’t forget that if they have their dollars, we have our people and our God … I want your patience and ardour,” said Erdoğan, as the Turkish currency lost more than 35 percent value against the greenback since the end of last year.

CNBC described the conflict between America and Turkey on defense:

Bipartisan members of Congress and the Trump administration have objected to Turkey’s plan to acquire a Russian missile defense system. A deal for Turkey to receive Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets went through in June, despite congressional opposition to the transaction related to the Russian-made missile system.

Lawmakers are worried that the missile defense system could expose weaknesses in the U.S.-made aircraft. They fear that Turkey could share those vulnerabilities with Russia, among other concerns.

When the Senate voted overwhelmingly this year to block the jet sales to Turkey, members also raised concerns about Brunson’s detention. Turkey has held the evangelical pastor since 2016 and alleged that he was involved in a failed coup attempt that year. He has denied the charges.

On August 1, the Trump administration passed sanctions against Turkish minister of justice and minister of interior over the imprisonment of Brunson.


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But I thought we were colluding with Turkey!!!

Mighty_WHrIGHTY | August 10, 2018 at 1:31 pm

It seems like our friends are limited to Russia and Israel. Oh, I forgot North Korea.

Certainly not any country in NATO or the EU plus China, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Mexico or any of the Sheethole Countries. Trump surely is more Presidential than any other President (as he bragged during the campaign).

    Your belief that our country must be friends with everyone is unfounded and juvenile. Other countries put themselves first, not us or any other country.

      Mighty_WHrIGHTY in reply to puhiawa. | August 10, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      I don’t think we should be friends with every country. Why don’t we try one or two? The idiot insulted Theresa May while on her country’s soil!

      On a personal note, I don’t think you understand the concept of friendship.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Mighty_WHrIGHTY. | August 10, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Yellow belly is back under a new handle.

      scooterjay in reply to healthguyfsu. | August 10, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      LOL….the response to everyone against him……the bold text….the insufferable shrillness……the baseless arguments. Yep, all signs point to Yellow/Zach!

        Milhouse in reply to scooterjay. | August 10, 2018 at 5:08 pm

        Nah, the yellow fellow and “Zachriel” have different styles, plus “Zachriel” seems to be a joint project of several people. This new guy doesn’t sound like either of them. Dumber, for one thing.

          scooterjay in reply to Milhouse. | August 10, 2018 at 10:02 pm

          You may be right….Zachriel does seem to be a composite “crowdsourced” troll. Yellow falls in line more with this new character

          healthguyfsu in reply to Milhouse. | August 11, 2018 at 3:59 am

          I know it’s normal for prog trolls to share a hive mind for survival purposes, but what makes you suspect Zachriel was a crowd source?

        They all work out of the same complex. Might report to the same communist.

If you think Israel is a friend, you should compare how Israel treated the USS Liberty and its crew with how the North Koreans treated the USS Pueblo and its.

After that, you should read Israel Shahak and Michael Hoffmann.

    Milhouse in reply to bob sykes. | August 10, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Lying antisemites (or any other variety) are not welcome here.

    The Liberty blood libel has been thoroughly refuted. We now know exactly what happened, and your lies are exposed as just like the classical blood libel. Hoffman is an outright nazi f*ck, just like any other; there’s nothing more to say about him. Shahak, having being born a Jew and having experienced the Holocaust, was a deeply disturbed person, but in the end the same applies; he was an antisemite and a liar.

    JoAnne in reply to bob sykes. | August 10, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Don’t believe everything you read, Bob. You have been hoodwinked.

About time we stopped pretending that this Muslim madman is an ally.

“Those who have dollars, euros or gold under their pillows [savings at home] should go and exchange them with the [Turkish] lira. This is a national struggle. This will be my nation’s response to those who have declared an economic war,”

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah. Good luck with anything short of door to door searches under those pillows turning up much in the way of hard currency and particularly gold (or silver). Maybe the bankers/commodity exchanges will turn in their customers who have such.

    puhiawa in reply to Edward. | August 10, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Turkish gold purchases have tripled this year over last. Clearly the rich are hedging.

      Edward in reply to puhiawa. | August 10, 2018 at 7:39 pm

      Given the world’s history of dealing with upheaval, it isn’t just “the rich” who are hedging. History tells us that everyone who can spare even a minute amount of cash is converting it to a stable commodity. The Turkish people might be better off collecting ammunition, but the government probably doesn’t let them have much in the way of arms, particularly after the alleged* abortive putsch.

      * I’m still not absolutely sure it wassn’t a false flag operation to enable Erdogan to smoke out and obliterate the opposition.

I’m not wishing Erdogan ill or anything, but I would read his obituary with great amusement.

Taking a step back, isn’t it great to have a President who will use the power we rightfully have as a nation to rescue our citizens jailed overseas?

    C. Lashown in reply to 94Corvette. | August 11, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Just a few issues with that solution: Gravity nukes stockpiled at the American Air Force installation.

      bobtuba in reply to C. Lashown. | August 11, 2018 at 10:02 am

      If we haven’t already moved all those B61s out of Incirlik, then AF leadership has been comatose. My educated guess is they are gone.

Ainsley Lewis | August 11, 2018 at 5:56 am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned the United States against ending his partnership with his country.

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