Trump vows 'no concessions' with Turkey over detained USA pastor

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 22, 2018

"I expect him to let this very innocent and wonderful man and great father and great Christian out of Turkey".

Ankara has denied that it agreed to release Brunson in return for Ozkan's freedom.

But the US said that discussions regarding the fines and other areas of dispute between the two countries were off the table until Mr. Brunson was released, a White House official told The Wall Street Journal. He had thought Erdogan would then release pastor Andrew Brunson.

In an interview with Reuters on August 20, Trump said he was not concerned that his tough stance could end up hurting European and emerging market economies.

Trump added: "I like Turkey".

"I got that person out for him".

"I like Turkey. I like the people of Turkey very much. No preconditions. If they want to meet, I'll meet", Trump said at the time.

Last week, Trump made a surprise announcement that he would double the metals tariffs because Erdogan is refusing to release Brunson and Turkey's currency was quickly losing value against the USA dollar.

"That is all at risk right now, not because they don't still see opportunity, but because they just don't know where the political relationship is going to go", Beasey said, referring to increased trade and investment between the two countries. I got along with him great. But it can't be a one-way street.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed his country will not be brought to heel amid an ongoing diplomatic crisis with the United States.

Trump drew a barrage of criticism at home and overseas after he stood side by side with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a 16 July summit in Helsinki and cast doubt on his own intelligence agencies' findings that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. elections.

Trump said Putin did not raise with him the issue of United States sanctions on Russian Federation but that he would consider lifting them if Russian Federation took steps on such areas as Syria or Ukraine. "But I wouldn't consider it without that", he said.

The Iranians, including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, have dismissed the offer.

After receiving Iran's negative response, Trump now says that Washington has not reached out to Tehran to discuss talks, showing little interest in such negotiations.

Trump's withdrawal of the United States from the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers earlier this year has raised tensions between Washington and Tehran.

"If they want to meet that's fine, and if they don't want to meet, I couldn't care less", he told Reuters in an interview Monday.

Trump cast doubt on whether he will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping during an global Asia-Pacific summit in Papua New Guinea in November.

"Maybe. I'm not sure that it's been set up yet".

Without naming the USA directly, the Turkish leader on Monday said that there was no difference between attacks on the country's economy and attacks on "our call to prayer and our flag".

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