One of the toughest times in Turkey-US relations…

In the tranquility of life in Irvine, CA, I am reading the news of Turkey and US relations that are going through one of the toughest times. And of course, like many citizens, I feel the heat through the rapid weakening of Turkish currency… Back in Turkey, Turkish leaders are quick to use US measures to build up a stronger nationalist sentiment. Let’s see if this works this time… 

War on the Rocks – Nick Danforth – Jul 30, 12:57 AM

When Recep Tayyip Erdogan began his new term as Turkey’s president earlier this month, the Turkish press heralded it as the beginning of a new, triumphant era in the country’s foreign relations. As evidence, the Turkish state news agency shared an


U.S. Department of the Treasury

Bloomberg – Benjamin Harvey – Aug 1, 8:51 AM

The U.S. has prepared a list of Turkish entities and individuals that it will target should it decide to impose sanctions on Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government for imprisoning U.S. citizens and employees of its diplomatic mission, according to two


Turkey to freeze assets of two US ministers as retailiation to sanctions: Erdoğan

Hurriyet Daily News 

Turkey will freeze the assets of two U.S. ministers as retaliation to Washington’s sanctions against Ankara, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced.

Turkey’s Erdogan Orders Retaliatory Sanctions Against American Officials

NYT > Turkey by By CARLOTTA GALL  /  10h  //  keep unread  //  hide

As negotiations fail over the release of the American pastor Andrew Brunson, United States-Turkish relations deteriorate further.

Pompeo Warns Turkey on Detained U.S. Pastor: The Clock Has ‘Run Out’


The imprisonment of Andrew Brunson prompted sanctions from the Trump administration. But the Turkish foreign minister said harsh tactics would not work.

U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Turkish Officials Over Detained American Pastor

 NYT > Turkey by By ADAM GOLDMAN  /

It was an unusual penalty against a government of a vital NATO ally, and is sure to inflame already simmering tensions between Turkey and the United States.

USTR Announces New GSP Eligibility Review of Turkey

United States Trade Representative
Washington, D.C. – The Office of the United States Trade Representative announced today that it is reviewing the eligibility of Turkey to participate in the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program based on concerns related to its

Turkish businesswoman puts up Erdoğan poster on Trump Towers in Istanbul Hurriyet Daily News

 A Turkish businesswoman has said she intentionally put up a giant poster of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Istanbul’s Trump Towers to bring his and U.S. President Donald Trump’s names together in a symbolic move.

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