Court again rejects United States pastor Brunson’s appeal for release

17 August, 2018, 22:41 | Author: Kevin Carter
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Mr Trump later said in a tweet the United States "will pay nothing" for Mr Brunson's release, "but we are cutting back on Turkey!".

He said: "We put sanctions on several cabinet members".

Trump said Turkey has "not acted like a friend".

"They want to hold our wonderful pastor", Trump added.

"Any conversations we have with China to come up with a deal and any conversations we have with Mexico would be seen as a win for the U.S." said Jeffrey Frankel, president at Stuart Frankel & Co in NY.

The US has threatened to impose more economic sanctions on Turkey if it does not free a detained American pastor.

In this file photograph taken on 25 July 2018, U.S. pastor Andrew Craig Brunson is escorted by Turkish plain clothes police officers to his house in Izmir.

"It nearly seems as if Trump's words were an invitation for there to be even more of an entrenchment of this dispute", said Al Jazeera's Sonia Gallego, reporting from Turkey's largest city of Istanbul.

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US stocks climbed higher in afternoon trading after a Mexican economic official told reporters that trade talks between the United States and Mexico were "advancing well".

Turkey's finance chief tried to reassure thousands of global investors on a conference call Thursday, in which he pledged to fix the economic troubles.

The Turkish lira was slightly lower on Friday after the U.S. warned Ankara should expect more sanctions over the detention of an American evangelical pastor.

He says the US will pay nothing for his return, because he is innocent and indicated the pressure on Turkey will continue.

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.

The problem with the new strategy is that it aims directly towards Apple which remains unaffected as Turkey relies on Apple and not the other way around, according toMashable. Investors also fret over Erdogan's influence over monetary policy. "We are together in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and then you seek to stab your strategic partner in the back".

Americans with a bit of common sense see that what is being done to Turkey is not only penalizing the Turkish people and plunging relations into a state of collapse, but it is also hurting global American security interests as well as the US economy.


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