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Turks smash their iPhones amid government's escalating feud with Trump administration

17 August, 2018, 10:10 | Author: Melinda Barton
  • Damage to Euro from Lira Crisis has its Limits: CBA

All the while, the lira has plummeted - even reaching a record low against the USA dollar early Monday before managing modest rallies in the following days.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will boycott US -made electronic goods amid a diplomatic spat that has helped trigger a Turkish currency crisis.

The White House said on Wednesday that the United States will not lift sanctions on Turkish steel and aluminum products even if detained American pastor Andrew Brunson is released.

American pastor Andrew Brunson, if convicted, faces a jail term of 35 years. "We have put sanctions on several of their Cabinet members", Mnuchin said.

Turkey's biggest mobile phone importing companies have cancelled their iPhone orders as Turkish citizens join a move to boycott United States products.

Turkey's biggest mobile phone importing companies have cancelled their iPhone orders as Turkish citizens join a move to boycott USA products.

In response to Washington's measures against Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a boycott of American electronic products, notably Apple.


The Turkish lira plummeted to a record low on Monday, losing almost 40 percent of its value since the start of 2018.

Turkish authorities have called on their citizens to sell their foreign currency in order to bolster the lira.

Brunson, a Christian pastor from North Carolina who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades, was indicted on charges of helping the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), which is responsible for the failed 2016 coup, as well as for supporting the PKK.

US President Donald Trump last Friday announced he would double tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum, mocking the slide of the Turkish lira on Twitter.

Qatar on Wednesday promised to make a $15 billion direct investment in Turkey, badly hit by a currency crisis amid a widening diplomatic standoff with the United States, officials said. Trump has described his detention as a "total disgrace" and urged Erdogan to free him immediately.

If the Turkish lira keeps dropping though, it could start to have an impact for next season.

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