Turks Break iPhones into Pieces in Response to Erdogan’s Call

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he delivers a speech to Turkish ambassadors at the Presidential Palace in Turkey Monday Aug. 13

Turkey's President threatened Tuesday to boycott US electronic goods because of what he calls an economic war against Turkey by the United States.

"We will implement a boycott against America's electronic goods", he said. He suggested Turks would buy local or Korean phones instead, although it was unclear how he meant to enforce the boycott.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to boycott American electronics, including Apple Inc.'s iPhone, as he retaliates against Donald Trump's attempts to isolate his economy.

"The president has a great deal of frustration on the fact that Pastor Brunson has not been released as well as the fact that other USA citizens and employees of diplomatic facilities have not been released", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told a briefing.

In response to the move, the Turkish president called on citizens to support the lira and boycott United States electronic products, describing the sanctions as an economic war, and threatening to give up using the USA dollar in trade with other countries.

He said Russian Federation and Turkey have set a goal to switch from dollars to national currencies in mutual trade.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Erdogan, seen on July 11, have appeared to get on well personally, but the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have several areas of economic and political conflict.

Since January, the Turkish lira has lost more than 34% of its value against the dollar, pushing up the price of everyday items. "Turkey is not the first country nor will it be the last one with which the US administration has picked up a fight".

US National Security Adviser John Bolton met with the Turkish ambassador to Washington on Monday, suggesting that diplomatic efforts are continuing, according to the AP.

Turkey's market carnage rippled across emerging markets, sending both stocks and currencies toward their lowest levels in a year. Erdogan has encouraged his citizens to sell any American dollars they have to buy local currency, but the lira continues to slide. Investors are also anxious about the effects of the dispute between two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. Independent economists say Erdogan should let the central bank raise interest rates to support the currency, but he wants low rates to keep the economic growth going.

Poor relations between Washington and Ankara have added to Turkey's economic woes, but given broader fundamentals it is only a proximate cause of the market mayhem. Amid calls to "burn" the dollars, the group headed to a bank branch where they converted the money, it said. Central banks try to ignore politics when making economic decisions.

Qatar's royal court released a statement saying Al-Thani "issued directives that will see the State of Qatar to provide a host of economic projects, investments, and deposits" worth $15 billion to support the Turkish economy. The 50-year-old pastor is charged with terrorism links and spying. Brunson and his supporters have firmly denied the charges. Brunson faces a possible prison sentence of 35 years.

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