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Turkey issues retaliatory tariffs on United States imports

17 August 2018

Turkey has doubled tariffs on some U.S. imports, such as passenger cars, alcohol and tobacco, in what its vice president said was a response to deliberate USA attacks on the Turkish economy.

Trump's announcement that he would double tariffs on metal imports from Turkey came less than an hour after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urged his country to help him defend the nation against an "economic war".

Mr Brunson has denied charges of espionage, but faces up to 35 years in jail if found guilty.

The administration has also leveled sanctions against two members of Erdogan's Cabinet. He's lived in Turkey for more than 20 years and is accused by the Turkish government of terrorism and spying.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's call to boycott US products, specifically the smartphones made by California tech giant Apple, was met with several videos online that see a few especially patriotic Turks destroying their mobile devices with sledgehammers, rocks, shotguns and even fire, CBS reported.

The currency had rebounded some 6 percent on Wednesday after the central bank squeezed lira liquidity in the market, effectively pushing up rates and supporting the currency.

Last Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump said he had authorised higher tariffs on aluminium and steel imports from Turkey.

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The Turkish ambassador added that Turkey needed to "keep this fire alive" by keeping high-level political ties and strengthening investments and trade.

Erdogan has called on Turks to exchange their dollars for lira in order to shore up the domestic currency.

But the U.S. insists Andrew Brunson, a long-time Turkish resident who ran the tiny Izmir Resurrection Church, is "a victim of unfair and unjust detention".

The escalating dispute between the two countries has exacerbated Turkey's economic crisis, pushing the lira to record lows.

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Turkey issues retaliatory tariffs on United States imports