Trump attacks Turkey, vows to pay 'nothing' for U.S. pastor's release
17 August, 2018, 16:40 | Author: Shannon Aguilar
The Turkish currency showed a rebound on Thursday after losing over 16 percent of its value last Friday, following US President Donald Trump doubling aluminium and steel tariffs on Ankara.
Trump, in a tweet, condemned the Turkish government for taking "advantage" of the USA and added that while the administration would not pay for Pastor Andrew Brunson's release, the U.S.is "cutting back on Turkey".
The lira hit a record low of 7.24 against the us dollar over concerns about President Tayyip Erdogan's grip on monetary policy and an ongoing row with the United States. Referring to imprisoned pastor Andrew Brunson, Trump said "they have a great Christian pastor there, he's a very innocent man".
"The sanctions, however, that have been placed on Turkey are specific to pastor Brunson and others that we feel are being held unfairly, and we would consider that at that point", Sanders added.
Trump doubled tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum last Friday, while also imposing sanctions on Turkish interior and justice ministers.
On Wednesday, Turkey rejected pastor Andrew Craig Brunson's appeal to be released from custody, and slapped additional tariffs on USA imports.
The lira, which has weakened 36 percent against the dollar this year, eased to 5.98 against the dollar by 0443 GMT from a close of 5.95, as investors weighed up the latest comments from the United States.
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The Turkish currency began to recover after authorities this week took steps to help bank liquidity.
Beyond Turkey, concerns about China's technology sector, its currency, and trade relations between the US and Beijing have been key drivers of global markets in recent sessions.
For years Turkish firms have borrowed in dollars and lira to take advantage of lower interest rates.
"Turkey will emerge stronger from these (currency) fluctuations", said Albayrak, who is also Erdogan's son-in-law.
Gold prices in line with the emerging market currencies rout, triggered by Turkey's Lira and China's economic woes, reduced to its over 19-month low price levels.
The Turkish lira built upon Wednesday's gains, when Qatarpledged to invest $15 billion in Turkey.
According to the Hurriyet Daily, a significant number of importers began to withdraw their short and long-term orders after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's appeal to boycott American electronic products on Tuesday.
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told a rally Friday that his country would not yield to what he called bullying and blackmail. Erdogan also warned that Turkey could start looking for new allies if Washington damaged its relations with Ankara.
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Ankara has repeatedly said the case is up to the courts and a Turkish judge moved Brunson from jail to house arrest in July. He suggested Turks would buy local or Korean phones instead, although it was unclear how he meant to enforce the boycott.
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