Turkey is now facing trouble from the US over that nation’s refusal to release an American pastor who has been jailed for 21 months on accusations of spying for the state Department and being a terrorist. You might recall that Brunson has worked for 20 years as a missionary in Turkey and ran a small church in the city of Izmir.
The Trump administration doubled tariffs on aluminum and steel. Congress is pushing to block delivery of F-35 fighter jets and halting funding from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund until his Brunson’s release.
Erdogan says his country will not loose an economic war with the US – this in spite of that nation’s currency tumbling against the dollar. Erdogan says he has talked to Putin about the economic ties between Russian and Turkey.
The bottom line is that Turkey wants the US to send them a Pennsylvania-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen. Erdogan claims the cleric is behind a failed coup attempt. The US says Turkey hasn’t provided proof of that claim.
Can you imagine yourself in Brunson’s situation?