President Trump Doubles Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Turkey – Turkey Responds “Imploring” Trump To Return To Table…

Interestingly, anyone who has followed Turkish geopolitics closely will likely note a confrontation on ideology was bound to happen.  The triggering event has become the Turkish imprisonment of American Pastor Andrew Brunson.

Turkey has always been a tenuous NATO ally.  The totalitarian behavior of Turksih President Recep Erdogan has generally been antithetical to freedom and U.S. interests.  There have been many examples of sketchy Turkish interests in the past decade – SEE HERE – including Erdogan’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood and providing safe-harbor for the exiled Brotherhood leadership.

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey on Friday “implored” U.S. President Donald Trump to return to the negotiating table on tariffs, saying the trade rift between the NATO allies should be resolved through dialogue.

Trump intensified his spat with Ankara by imposing higher tariffs on metal imports, putting unprecedented economic pressure on a NATO ally and deepening turmoil in Turkish financial markets.

The announcement accelerated the sell-off of Turkey’s lira currency, already battered by worries about President Tayyip Erdogan’s influence over the central bank. The lira tumbled as much as 20 percent on Friday, its biggest one-day drop since 2001.

“Repeated efforts to communicate to the U.S. administration that none of the stated criteria driving America’s tariffs are applicable to Turkey have thus far proven fruitless,” Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said in a statement.

“Nevertheless, we implore President Trump to return to the negotiating table – this can and should be resolved through dialogue and cooperation.”

Trump, outraged by Turkey’s detention of an American evangelical pastor on terrorism charges, said on Twitter he would double duties on Turkish aluminum and steel, to 20 percent and 50 percent respectively.  (read more)

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308 Responses to President Trump Doubles Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Turkey – Turkey Responds “Imploring” Trump To Return To Table…

  1. The Boss says:

    Any ideas why these tariffs were announced this morning? This news sort of took over today’s news cycle. And I suspect it will spill into the weekend, as worried talking heads opine about Turkish overtures to Russia, which is also being sanctioned. The weekend which is the one-year anniversary of the leftist fraud known as Unite the Right.

    Liked by 1 person

    • MB224 says:

      Possibly a smokescreen. Trump plays the media like a fiddle when he wants to redirect their attention.

      Liked by 10 people

      • GB Bari says:

        And it’s always SO EASY to do!

        Look! Squirrel!

        Liked by 7 people

      • Carrie2 says:

        MC224, Trump said a while back that Turkey was in trouble and today proved it as their money dropped 20% and the dictator is threatening Trump. Tsk! Tsk! You are the problem expelling and or killing your people and Kurds. One man stated that if he eats, he can’t pay rent, and if he pays the rent, he can’t eat. Yep, this is what dictators do – they live high on the hog and the people suffer. Yes, he has been in NATO but has done little. He, I think, would like to be like Trump but his brain is geared in the opposite direction. So if he doesn’t like the tariffs, tough. For years I wanted to visit Turkey for the old Catholic churches/etc. but for so long now not feasible because supposed leaders have ruined a once beautiful, rich country.

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    • Jedi9 says:

      I am not sure what the political play here is with Turkey, but I suspect it’s more to do with beating down Erdogan as he has been trying to use the pastor to get something for nothing! This needs to happen and Glad Trump acted! I made a killing on Friday by shorting the Euro!

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Clarioncaller says:

    Erdogan still has a ‘bee in his bonnet’ over the attempted coup last year, and feels that certain elements within US military or intelligence were behind this failed action. The Turkish economy is fragile and cannot absorb this tariff without major disruption. Hence, the table awaits you, Reccip.

    Liked by 6 people

    • Conservativeinny says:

      upthread several folks were discussing the coup attempt as a way for Erdogan to remove the pro-secularist remaining mg military members. Anything is possible

      Liked by 2 people

      • TarsTarkas says:

        IMO the attempted coup was real but Erdogan was warned ahead of time by his implants and allies in the military (which is why he was nowhere near Istanbul when it happened) and used it as an excuse to round up his enemies, real or imagined. He’s as fearful, paranoid, bloodthirsty and corrupt as the Iranian Mullahs as well as being just as touchy and vindictive as Putin. A bad combination.

        Liked by 2 people

        • thedoc00 says:

          Nope, there are very definite things that have to occur for the coup to even have chance. This list very well known to the military and not one of them was executed. It was a flat our fake coup and excuse.

          Liked by 4 people

          • thedoc00 says:

            Key among players among those not taking action:
            The Signal Regiments stationed in Ankara and Istanbul.
            The Gendarme Garrisons of Ankara and Istanbul.
            Key regular Army units stationed in Ankara and Istanbul.
            The Armored Division at the Turkish Armored School in Ankara.

            There were allot of missing elements to that fake coup.

            Liked by 1 person

    • swampfox999 says:

      The false flag coup?

      Liked by 1 person

    • Jedi9 says:

      How can that be when a lot of people think it was Erdogan himself who staged the coup? Difference of opinion I suppose!


  3. Bill says:

    If Trump takes actions like this against a NATO member, China better take notice!!
    Because Chinese Aluminum tariffs @ 20% and Chinese Steel @ 50% would crush the Chinese.

    It’s One message, Two countries…

    Liked by 16 people

  4. MB224 says:

    This is brilliant in so many ways.
    #1 Trump is giving US steel and alum every chance to get off the ground quickly. Domestic suppliers I’m sure will be able to fill in the gaps.
    #2 It crushes any talk about him being “soft” or anyone’s “puppet”.
    #3 It puts a lot of pressure on Putin. Side with Erdogan the Jihadi and that visit to DC might go up in smoke.
    #4 And I’m sure there are several open and veiled messages being sent to Iran and any other jihadi muslim country.

    Liked by 15 people

  5. Resistwemuch says:

    This president cares about Christians being persecuted. Wow.

    Liked by 24 people

  6. Turkish steel and aluminum? I might be reading this report wrong, but the opening sentence, ‘Turkey is the world’s ninth largest steel importer’ suggests that Turkey is a transhipment point for Chinese steel:

    Liked by 18 people

  7. dufrst says:

    WW3 sits on the edge of a knife. Trump tread carefully. The Axis that is clearly forming is Russia, Iran, China, Pakistan, and the lessor authoritarians–North Korea, Syria, and Venezuela. The relevant military powers is everyone excluding Venezuela. The ground zero for confrontation is Syria. Turkey is the swing power. Thus far they have not sided with Assad, Russia and Iran yet. However, there is only the strength and unpredictability of Trump that’s keeping all of these authoritarians at bay.

    If Trump for any reason is president now or is not reelected in 2020, all bets are off. You will see WW3 happen faster than you can say Ankara. Russia will swallow Ukraine and their periphery. Iran will swallow Iraq and Syria. China will swallow the South China Sea, Taiwan, and pull North Korea back from the West (and perhaps unleashed them on S. Korea and Japan). Turkey will exterminate the Kurds. Israel will be under the gun and Pakistan and China will muscle India out of Kashmir.

    Make no mistake about it, history always demonstrates that authoritarians always make calculated risks to expand their ambitions beyond their borders to remake the map. We have several authoritarians that went to town while Obama was president, who are now being kept in check by Trump’s strength, but are increasingly grousing because they see their opportunities dwindling. Someone is bound push Trump to check his strength. Thus far, he has met each one of them with surpassing strength, but pray daily that he remains in place and that the evil forces don’t try to take him out (either by impeachment or 2020 defeat)!

    The 2018 elections are extremely important. Trump needs reinforcements to put the real squeeze on all of these authoritarians (Xi, Putin, Erdogan, Rouhani, Assad, Kim, and Maduro) economically. Trump has been the toughest US president ever in terms of the use of sanctions and tariffs to promote US national interests. There is no more important issue this fall than reinforcing Trump’s strength on the global stage by holding onto the House and adding GOPers in the Senate this year. There will never be a more opportune time to get close to 60 GOP Senators than this year. There are literally 10 states in play that can realistically be flipped to GOP (WI, MO, IN, ND, WV, MI, OH, PA, FL, and MT) if the base shows up and don’t mess around! If every Trump voter in 2016 votes GOP in 2018, it will happen. MAGA!!

    Liked by 5 people

    • Terrific summation, Dufrst!
      Knife edge, indeed.
      Absolutely gripping next 6 months.

      Liked by 3 people

    • covfefe_USA says:

      I’m thinking Ezekiel 38 is just around the corner.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Ozzytrumpster says:

      Very well reasoned.

      Liked by 1 person

    • ukrainian says:

      Russia has no chance to swallow Ukraine. Ukrainian Army is big now. National Guard is big now. Free Battalions are big now. Only Army in the world with experience fighting with a Superpower. Even Grandmothers are talking about russian blood in the streets of Kyiv.

      Cold, old anger. 100 years old cold anger.

      Liked by 2 people

      • dufrst says:

        Well, I wouldn’t be that confident about Ukraine’s prowess. I think there are other ways Putin can take Ukraine. A coup for example and installing a pro-Putin leader or further increasing Russia’s troop presence in Eastern Ukraine and taking that area as he did Crimea.

        Putin wants to reconstitute the USSR in someway either through outright territory seizure or by a regional political confederation such as his proposed Eurasian Economic Union.

        My point is all of these authoritarians are looking to join cause in furtherance of their individual ambitions and all of them have territorial ambitions beyond their current boundaries. The only thing keeping them at bay is the leadership of Donald Trump. If the US had any other President, particularly a Democrat president, we would be in WW3 right now.

        Obama’s weakness really emboldened all of these adversaries. Trump is trying to roll them all back, but make no mistake, if chinks begin to appear in Trump’s armor such as a major political defeat in the upcoming midterms for example, then you will see things begin to unravel. Trump voters need to recognize the stakes on a global level and vote to send Trump the reinforcements he needs to strengthen his resolve and hand on the world stage. Otherwise, if we get a Dem Congress, who will impeach him and stop his agenda cold, it will greatly weaken Trump. And God forbid we get an Elizabeth Warren or Kamala Harris as president in 2020, then our fates are sealed!

        We must keep up the fight to see Trump through for two terms with GOP majorities for the duration! MAGA!!


      • Janpt says:

        Russia has no interest in the rest of the Ukraine, only the Russian speaking province Donbass.
        The Crimea was Russian, wrested ftom the Ottoman Empire in iirc the 1880s. It was an empty peninsula, hence the Potenkin villages. It was administratively joined with the Ukraine during the Soviet era.
        Thus reversing that administrative act was not an invasion, a yuge proportion of the population is Russiam, mixed with Tatars and a fee Ukrainians.
        It is very popular now, in libtard demonisation of Russia (they refuse to subject themselves to globalism, take more moreslums, and respect Christianity), to claim they are invading.
        One more province which they will probably take is Transdnyestria, in the Esst of Moldavia. Russian population.


  8. swampfox999 says:

    I’ll never forget the deep affection Obama showed erdogan and even said that he asked the fundamentalist Muslim for advice on raising his daughters. Obama weakened the US to a much greater degree than most people realize. Without Trump, China was on target to surpass us in a decade thanks to the self interest and greed of the Clintons, the anti-Americanism of Obama, and the foolishness of W.

    Liked by 8 people

    • lastinillinois says:

      Oh yeah, muzzies have LOTS of ideas when it comes to raising daughters.

      O’Barry certainly showed how much he cares about his family with that move.

      Liked by 2 people

  9. trumpismine says:

    sultan ed is just po’d President Trump moved the US embassy to Jerusalem. Now go sit in the corner ed

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Lactantius says:

    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has joined the likes of Vladimir Putin, Chairman Xi, Hassan Rouhani and Kim Jong Un who have all watched the value of their currencies drop precipitately because of tariffs and trade sanctions imposed by President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America.

    Oops. The Turkish lira shed 20% against the US dollar. Chairman Xi’s stock market is down 40% over the last 36 months which moved China to third place and upped Japan to second place.

    China has manipulated it’s yuan to the point that it is seriously messing up domestic Chinese production, trade and profit assumptions. When the internal economy can not predict profit and loss with a sense of security, it causes heightened attention to risk and the minimization of production.

    Trade deficits with China have been the Chi-Com goose’s golden egg. The United States has been funding Chinese communist socialism and the Chinese rulers have essentially enslaved vast amounts of labor which creates the stuff our economy imports at the rate of an $800 billion trade imbalance per year. “Enslaved” means show up here or there and do this or that in exchange for your food, shelter and care needs.

    Meanwhile, “conservatives” in Washington, D.C. respond to their donors and jump through the prescribed hoops which the numbers-jugglers say is best for their interests. President Trump is not interested in “protecting” the insiders while the general public is being screwed. Hence, the upheaval of the establishment status quo, money-flow rice bowl.

    November 2018 elections are the next best hope for the establishment to confront the President Donald J. Trump wrecking ball which is dismantling the establishment rice bowl universe. The DemonizingRats and Repugnant establishment will take stalemate if that is what they can get.

    President Donald J. Trump’s vision is of a world trade system which competes on the old fashioned terms of actual supply and demand. That dream means that an enormous number of manipulation schemes around the globe have to be cut off and starved. For instance, for Canada and Mexico to screw the United States with their bogus steel fabrication, they will have to actually create the steel they are fabricating and give up playing games with steel dumped from China at a great loss to China. China will have to go back to financing their socialism/communism internally instead of bilking other economies through trade deficits which siphon off the top of distant economies.

    Liked by 10 people

  11. How soon before we hear Erdogan has released Pastor Andrew Brunson?

    Liked by 4 people

  12. Rex70 says:

    Wow! How much do I respect this President, one who has turned the broiler up all the way to get back one of our guys? How much do I respect him? A grateful ton…and then some. This Erdogan speck has gotten out of control, a big fish in his little ocean over there. But if there is one thing these noisy little dictators need, it’s our money. Our big, beautiful American greenbacks. VSGPOTUS knows it, owns it–and ain’t afraid to use it. Getting one of our guys back is as good as reason as any to use it. Bring our guy home, Mr. Trump. And thank you.

    Liked by 4 people

  13. Chris Four says:

    Why do we have US military still n Turkey?

    Turkish Lawyers Want To Raid Incirlik Air Base, Arrest US Troops For Terrorist Ties

    A group of pro-government lawyers in Turkey have filed charges against several U.S. officers associated with Incirlik Air Base, seeking their arrest for alleged ties to terrorist groups.

    Liked by 2 people

  14. The Admiral says:

    This, before we even get into the espionage and shenanigans between Turkey and members of the U.S. Congress, ala “The Most gagged women in American history”, Sibel Edmonds, the ex-FBI Translator who blew the whistle on espionage within the FBI Language Translation department.


  15. JPatrick says:

    Keep you eye on the punt…….let the Pastor go!
    Here it comes…….wait for it……..
    A Swift kick right in the gonads!!!!
    See how you like real power Erodgan!
    The Big Squeeze play…….Shot and a SCORE!

    I feel better now, thanks for listening

    Semper Fidelis/Semper Vigilis

    Liked by 3 people

    • Chris Four says:

      Erdogan would be happy to release the pastor in exchange for Muhammed Fethullah Gülen.
      Gülen is a Turkish preacher, Religious Leader imam, writer, and political figure who is in the US


  16. Doug Amos says:

    Bibi was on Bloomberg and shed a whole new light on the Middle East. Arab countries are aligning against the Shias and actually are beginning to have more in common with Israel. Also, Iran is much more advanced militarily and technologically than most of the world realizes and the greatest danger to peace and stability in many decades. For much of that, they can thank Barack Obama.

    Liked by 2 people

  17. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “Turkey has always been a tenuous NATO ally.”

    Turkey is part of the problem in Syria as well. From my notes (amended for this post)

    This seeming unrelated article (the Anthony Weiner laptop in NYC) has a 19 minute audio clip of Eric Prince. Starting at about 16 minutes in, he mentions the “Treaty of Lausanne”. It seems if these borders change, than Turkey gets to reclaim some of the lands lost after the Ottoman Empire collapsed.
    “The NYPD wanted to do a press conference announcing the warrants and the additional arrests they were making” in the Anthony Weiner investigation, but received “huge pushback” from the Justice Department.

    Almost everything we have done in the Middle East over the last many years has been wrong.
    There has been fighting going on there for several thousand years.Throughout history, other wars have been started over incidents or information that turned out to be false or greatly exaggerated.

    In conclusion, a huge piece of this conflict is that treaty from the 1920’s. Eric Prince mentions at the end of his interview (2016) that the Turkish President was trotting out maps of how much territory Turkey would regain if Assad were to be deposed and Syria’s borders changed.


    • Lactantius says:

      Istanbul was Constantinople and Constantinople was the seat of the first Christian Roman emperor, Constantine. Then Constantinople became the seat of the Ottoman Empire Caliphate which conquered its way to the gates of Vienna in the summer of 1683. Grand Vizier Kara Mustapha Pasha made a fatal miscalculation based on greed. He tried to starve Vienna into submission is order to preserve the spoils from pillaging by his troops and loss from the fire and bombardment. That gave Polish king Jan Sobieski and Imperial forces under Leopold and Charles of Lorraine to attack and drive Kara Mustapha back. Mustapha executed his 30,000 Christian captives and by 1687, most of Serbia, Hungary and Transylvania returned to European control. And then, the unthinkable occurred. European “culture” decided the Cruel Turk was the Noble Turk. The Ottoman court discovered Paris and it couldn’t get enough fine goodies, architecture, art and sensual trinkets from Europe. Constantinople was admired by Enlightenment intellectuals as a place of religious tolerance and social justice and burgeoning refinement. And, importantly, Constantinople blocked the Russian expansion along the coast of the Black Sea. So complete was the infatuation of the European elite with the Ottoman court, that 99 years after the siege of Vienna, Mozart wrote his most popular opera of his time: “The Abduction from the Seaglio.” The opera was produces more than forty times by 1791, the year of Mozart’s death. By 1883, The Orient Express ran between Paris and Constantinople and was considered to be the standard for the highest luxury and comfort in travel. The historical Eastern Mediterranian countries were known as “the Levant” and luxury travel opened up all the way to Alexandria and Cairo. Constantinople was luxurious starting point for exploring the Levant.

      And then WWI and in 1923 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk founded the Republic of Turkey and served as President until his death in 1938. He squeezed the role of Islam out of government and public life. He established European-style law codes. He changed the alphabet and language. He closed the religious courts and schools. He banned headscarves from all government buildings. He prohibited the manufacture and wearing of the fez. And, the “call to prayer” had to be in Turkish, not Arabic.

      Bottom line: 75 years later, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood and has repeatedly demonstrated his goal of returning to Ottoman tradition. His critics claim he has ambitions of being the “sultan” and abandoning the secular state set up by Atatürk and quashing the democratic process for ruling.

      President Donald J. Trump’s foreign policy with Turkey and every other nation is based on what that individual foreign state can do to get along with the United States. Once that is worked out, the United States can consider what help it might be with its friend. President Trump has not pulled the plug on Turkey, but is demonstrating to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan what the free-fall of the Turkish lire feels like.

      Our bought-and-paid-for do-nothing Congress has all the Constitutional tools needed to oppose President Trump and return themselves being the legislative force of We the People. But Congress has long preferred to be all things to all of the people and of very little consequence in terms of being anything of substance. So, President Trump treats them accordingly.

      Meanwhile, if Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has his eyes on the Levant, he will have to work things out with Israel, Jordan, Egypt and the Saudis first. He might think about how things are going in the eastern part of Turkey with the Armenians and Turks before he sticks his foot up the hind end of the Baathists. Why, pray tell, does one think the Russians are in Syria? Might it be a message to Erdoğan that he is effectively surrounded?


  18. supersix_seven says:

    ‘Turkey has always been a tenuous NATO allly’ Really? So tenuous that we were going to sell them F-35s along with whatever else over the years?


    • MB224 says:

      That was the plan, emphasis on was. I was wondering about that matter even before Trump won. Trump’s speech when Erdogan came to town was interesting. It seemed very effortfull and strained, and he did mention the F-35s. Obviously things have developed so well that even the F-35s are possibly off the table. With a thaw with Russia and no more nwo destabilizing middle east wars, do we really need Turkey, a Turkey with Erdogan at the helm of course? I don’t think so.


  19. This Trump solution to Turkey seems simple to me.
    1) You Turkeys sell subsidized crap steel to the USA hurting our domestic producer/employers. That ends now.
    2) You Turkeys are anti Christian, and are abusing an American Christian. You just poked the Lion. Bad move.
    3) You Turkeys have no business being in NATO, enjoying American largess, and simultaneously supporting Jihadis and other anti Christian actors. Bad choice. Here come the consequences.
    4) You Turkeys are being used as an example of what happens when you F with America. Got the picture, world?

    We are America, bitches!

    Liked by 1 person

  20. kevin king says:

    Great stuff from Trump as usual, the only politician in the West willing to stand up to the muslims. Anything Trump does to destroy the current dictatorship in Turkey is a good thing. In fact anything he does to destroy any muslim country’s leadership is a good thing.


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