BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country will not be ‘bossed around’ by US President Donald Trump, while commenting on the ongoing diplomatic row between his country and the United States over the arrest of Pastor Andrew Brunson, in Trabzon on Sunday.
“You are attempting to sacrifice your relations with 81 million people for a pastor with ties to terror organisations. So, we will do as law dictates, you cannot simply make Turkey bow down by bossing it around,” said Erdogan.
“We will respond to the one declaring a war of trade to the whole world by aiming at new markets, finding new corporations and allies,” added Erdogan.
A financial shockwave shook Turkey on Friday when its currency, the Turkish Lira, tumbled more than 16 percent amid concerns over Ankara’s deteriorating relations with Washington. On the same day, Trump announced the doubling of tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Turkey, in protest over the detention of Brunson.
The pastor was arrested two years ago over alleged links to the outlawed Kurdish PKK party and to the Fetullah Gulen movement which Erdogan claims was behind the 2016 attempted coup.