WION Web TeamWashington, DC, USAAug 10, 2018, 07.02 PM
After the US imposed sanctions on two Turkish ministers over the continued detention of pastor Andrew Brunson, President Trump went a step ahead today and doubled steel and aluminium tariffs against president Erdogan's regime.
Trump said aluminium tariffs will be 20 per cent and steel at a steep 50 per cent. Trump's imposition of sanction on a Nato ally is being seen as an unprecedented step by the US.
I have just authorized a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slides rapidly downward against our very strong Dollar! Aluminum will now be 20% and Steel 50%. Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!
"I have just authorised doubling of tariffs on steel and aluminium with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish lira, slides rapidly downward against our very strong dollar," Trump said on Twitter, adding,"our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!"
Turkish authorities have arrested US pastor Andrew Brunson on terrorism charge even as the Trump administration has been trying to get him back. Turkey imposed tit-for-tat sanctions on the US after it targetted the Turkish ministers.
On Wednesday, Turkish officials had met top US administration officials including deputy secretary of state John Sullivan as they discussed various matters including pastor Brunson.
Trump had earlier accused Turkey of taking a "very small case and jeopardising Turkish-American relations and Turkish-American friendship."
The US has also expressed anguish at Turkey trying to buy defence equipment from Russia, a staunch enemy of NATO. The US had earlier imposed arms sanctions against Turkey in 1974 but had lifted it four years ago.
Trump said aluminium tariffs will be 20 per cent and steel at a steep 50 per cent.