Trump says no concessions on Turkey tariffs

Lloyd Doyle
August 22, 2018

Earlier this month, the United States slapped sanctions on two Turkish ministers over Brunson's house arrest, and promised further measures if he was not released.

"I'm not concerned at all", he said in an Oval Office interview on Monday with Reuters news agency.

A day after Trump's tweet on August 10, the Turkish leader wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times, warning the USA was jeopardising ties with Ankara, and that Turkey could look for "new friends and allies", raising fears that it could turn towards Moscow.

Trump said he kept his side of the bargain.

Trump thought that in exchange for Ozkan's release, Turkey would free pastor Andrew Brunson. "I expect him to let this very innocent and wonderful man and great father and great Christian out of Turkey", Trump said.

In July, Trump and Erdogan met in Brussels during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit to discuss how to win Brunson's release, a senior White House official said earlier according to Reuters. "I'm not concerned. This is the proper thing to do", he said, when asked about the potential damage to other economies.

Brunson, 50, was indicted by a Turkish court on charges of having links with the Kurdish militants and the movement of the US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of having masterminded an abortive coup in 2016.

"I believe that as long as you stand tall our flag will not fall, our call to prayer will not fall silent and this homeland of ours will not be divided", the Hurriyet newspaper reported him as saying. I like the people of Turkey very much. I got along with him great.

Trump said Putin did not raise with him the issue of United States sanctions on Russian Federation but that he would consider lifting them if Russian Federation took steps on such areas as Syria or Ukraine.

"It's good for the country, good for them, good for us and good for the world".

In response, senior Iranian authorities collectively rejected that offer, which was made shortly after Washington unilaterally scrapped a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran and reinstated its sanctions against the country. Asked to respond to Iran's refusal to meet, Trump said it not matter to him whether they met or not.

Halk Bank faces potentially crippling USA fines for its role in helping Iran evade sanctions, and Turkey wants Washington to provide relief for the bank.

Trump cast doubt on whether he will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping during an worldwide Asia-Pacific summit in Papua New Guinea in November.

Without naming the United States directly, the Turkish leader on Monday said that there was no difference between attacks on the country's economy and attacks on "our call to prayer and our flag".

He also said he had "no time frame" for resolving his administration's trade dispute with China.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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