White House rejects Turkey's offer on detained pastor

Turkish president blasts U.S. for playing

According to a DailyMail report, people are resorting to such drastic measures to show their support for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has increased tariffs on goods imported from the United States.

The White House rejected Turkey's offer to release detained American pastor Andrew Brunson in exchange for the US dropping an investigation into Turkish bank Halkbank, a senior White House official told the Wall Street Journal on Sunday. In retaliation, Turkey fired back with tariffs on US cars, alcohol, cosmetics.

Brunson was indicted by a Turkish court on charges of having links with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group and the movement of the US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen.

The Turkish lira has lost almost 40 per cent of its value against the dollar this year, hit by a worsening diplomatic rift with the United States and by investor alarm about President Tayyip Erdogan's influence over monetary policy.

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"They were not able to make us collapse and they will never be".

Turkey's president has said his country will stand strong against an "attempted economic coup" amid heightened tensions with the US.

The president also reshuffled his top management during the congressional meeting Saturday, held at the capitol city of Ankara.

"God willing, we will give the world a different message with our congress that we convene for the first time under the new system", Erdogan said.

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