Turkey to boycott U.S. electronics, including iPhone

Turkey news: Erdogan rages at Trump 'economic warfare' over sanctions | Daily Star

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that Turkey would boycott us -made electronic products, escalating a feud with the Trump administration that has contributed to the rapid decline of the Turkish currency.

Mr Brunson was released from prison and placed under house arrest last month after serving 21 months in pre-trial detention in a Turkish prison on charges related to the 2016 attempted coup in Turkey.

"We are going to apply a boycott on America's electronic products", Erdogan said Tuesday during a televised speech, adding that there were alternatives, produced by South Korean or Turkish companies.

"If the U.S. has the iPhone, there's Samsung on the other side", Erdogan said, referring to the top South Korean smartphone maker.

Erdogan also said that the country could depend on Venus and Vestel, two of Turkey's domestic smartphone brands. Vestel stock jumped over five percent on the news.

The Turkish president has repeatedly been photographed while using Apple products such as iPhones and iPads.

An evangelical from North Carolina, he has been held in Turkey for almost two years over alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party and the Gulenist movement, which Turkey blames for a failed coup in 2016. Trump doubled tariffs on imports of Turkish steel and aluminium last week, contributing to a precipitous fall in the lira.

"We, as the Turkish Airlines, stand by our state and our people".

Cavusoglu said that United States sanctions were being used to attack countries across the world and exert pressure on them, causing alarm in Europe. "That doesn't mean you like it or want it".

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Instead of trying to help defuse Turkey's dramatic currency crisis, as was done for instance in the 1998 Asian currency crisis, the Trump administration seems to have gone out of its way to exacerbate that country's crisis.

The lira has lost about a fifth of its value against the greenback since Friday.

The Turkish lira had seen a significant drop over the past weekend and Turkeys central bank has said its ready to take all necessary measures to ensure financial stability after the collapse.

The Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges of Turkey and the Turkish Industry and Business Association called on the government to cut spending, improve ties with the European Union and bring to an end the spat with the U.S. They get revenues in lira, which are worth less and less, but must repay loans in dollars or euros.

Erdogan made the comments in retaliation against U.S. sanctions, which have helped worsen an economic crisis in the country.

The current crisis was sparked by Ankara's refusal to release pastor Andrew Brunson, who is now under house detention on terror-related charges and espionage.

The row over Brunson has compounded Turkish concerns over issues such as U.S. support for PKK-linked Kurdish fighters in Syria as well as Washington's alarm at Turkish plans to buy a Russian air defence system, which led this week to the United States suspending military sales to Turkey.

Hovenier said Washington expected the release of detained American citizens including Brunson "without delay" and "in a fair and transparent manner".

Even though a meeting between National Security Adviser John Bolton and Turkey's US ambassador on Monday yielded no public progress, the White House is now leading the talks with Turkey over Brunson's release and a host of other issues that have dragged down the alliance.

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