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January 14, 2019 | Via The Guardian

Trump Says He will ‘devastate Turkey economically’ if it Attacks Kurds

President Trump has warned Turkey of economic devastation if it attacks Kurdish forces in the wake of the US troop pullout from Syria, while also urging the Kurds not to “provoke” Ankara. “Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds,” Trump tweeted, while pushing for the creation of a 20-mile ‘safe zone’. He then added: “Likewise, do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey.”

January 9, 2019 | Via ABC News

US and Turkey at Odds over US Withdrawal from Syria

Despite a high-profile visit by U.S. officials to Turkey this week, the two nations remain at odds over the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria, specifically the implications for America’s Kurdish allies in Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rebuffed National Security Adviser John Bolton on Tuesday, refusing a meeting and expressing frustration in the messaging from Bolton and others that Erdogan says differs from what he said was a deal with Trump, signaling he’d prefer to communicate with the president instead.

October 15, 2018 | Via BBC

Detained American Pastor Returns & 22 Killed in Turkey Lorry Crash

American Pastor Andrew Brunson met with President Trump and thanked him for his work after being freed from his two-year detainment in a Turkish prison. Trump thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for facilitating Brunson’s release. At least 22 people were killed when a lorry carrying migrants headed to Greece’s Samos Island crashed in Turkey.

August 15, 2018 | Via Reuters

Turkey to Boycott iPhone and Other US Electronics

In the latest move in the expanding dispute between Washington and Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a boycott of American electronics including the iPhone on Tuesday. The escalating feud with the Trump administration has caused the Turkish Lira to hit record lows. Experts fear the wider consequences of Turley’s economic crisis.

August 13, 2018 | Via CNBC

Turkish Lira Plunges as Trump Doubles Tariffs

The Turkish Lira plunged to a new record low in Asian trading following President Trump’s announcement that tariffs on Turkish aluminum and steel will be doubled. The Lira lost 20% of its value against the dollar on Friday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned those who try to ‘bully’ Turkey in response to the announcement.

August 2, 2018 | Via Reuters

US Imposes Sanctions on Turkey Officials Over Detained Pastor

The Trump administration imposed sanctions on Wednesday on two top Turkish government officials over the detainment of an American pastor held on espionage charges. The unprecedented use of financial sanctions against an allied government causing US-Turkey relations to plummet. Turkey’s Foreign Ministry called the action a ‘hostile stance’ and said it will retaliate.

July 27, 2018 | Via CNN

US Threatens Sanctions on Turkey Over Detained Pastor

President Trump announced the imposition of ‘large sanctions’ on Turkey on Thursday following the detainment of an American pastor accused of aiding a failed coup attempt in 2016. Trump officially spoke about Andrew Brunson’s release with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in June. A Turkish court ordered Brunson to house arrest while his trial continues.

July 10, 2018 | Via BBC

Erdogan Sworn In as Turkish President for Five-Year Term

Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey’s President on Monday for a five-year term under a new Constitution which gives him sweeping executive powers. Erdogan appointed his son-in-law finance minister hours after being sworn in. Erdogan promised a ‘strong government and a strong Turkey.’ Opponents fear Erdogan’s new executive powers could destroy democracy.

June 26, 2018 | Via Telegraph

Erdogan’s Challenger Concedes Election Defeat

The primary challenger to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Muharrem Ince, conceded defeat on Monday, but warned of a ‘one-man regime.’ International election observers said Turkey’s election gave the opposition ‘no equal opportunities’ but did not find evidence of widespread rigging. Britain and other Western governments accepted Erdogan’s win and vowed continued cooperation with Turkey.

April 19, 2018 | Via CNN

Erdogan Calls for Early Turkish Elections

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for presidential and parliamentary elections to occur in June on Wednesday, over a year ahead of schedule, saying they will make Turkey ‘stronger and more effective.’ Erdogan and allies claim political changes in Turkey will prevent instability, while critics claim the new system leads Turkey to one-man rule.

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