Turkish dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan is one of the world’s most hostile, anti-Western voices for Muslim domination, but he may have gone too far with the continued imprisonment, torture and mistreatment of a Christian pastor from the United States.
According to the United States, Erdogan initially agreed to release Andrew Brunson, a Christian pastor who was detained because of his faith in the restrictive Islamic dictatorship. He then reneged on the alleged agreement, causing President Trump to levy heavy economic sanctions on the nation.
I have just authorized a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slides rapidly downward against our very strong Dollar! Aluminum will now be 20% and Steel 50%. Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2018
This announcement of tariffs comes at a particularly inopportune time for the Turks, as their currency sinks to a record low as they enact emergency measures to prevent total collapse. Erdogan is not pleased and continues to blame the West for the consequences of his own failed leadership.
“You act on one side as a strategic partner, but on the other, you fire bullets into the foot of your strategic partner,” Erdogan said. “We are together in NATO and then you seek to stab your strategic partner in the back.”
Trump’s moves are certainly a departure from the status quo in how foreign economic crises are normally handled by a US commander-in-chief. While a regular old globalist President may use welfare and aid to prop up the failing Islamic regime, Trump is using their unfortunate situation as leverage to further dig the screws in Erdogan.
“Washington has generally tried to calm global markets in such moments, especially when investors are gripped by fear of contagion,” wrote David Gauthier-Villars in the Wall Street Journal. “Trump instead squeezed Ankara further.”
There is one sure-fire way for Erdogan to get Trump to re-engage him: Free Andrew Brunson. Until Erdogan stops being such a hostile dictator insistent on punishing American Christians for his own sick twisted Islamic ends, he deserves the calamity facing his regime. The Turkish people would be wise to rise up and depose this cruel man and his illegitimate rule to prevent further suffering.