Trump vows 'no concessions' with Turkey over United States pastor

Trump vows 'no concessions' with Turkey over United States pastor

President TrumpDonald John TrumpArizona GOP Senate candidate defends bus tour with far-right activist Alyssa Milano protests Kavanaugh in "Handmaid's Tale" costume Bomb in deadly Yemen school bus attack was manufactured by United States firm: report MORE on Monday said he isn't concerned that tit-for-tat tariffs will harm Europe's economy while vowing not to make any concessions with Turkey to free a USA pastor being detained there.

The move comes after Trump this month said he would double tariffs on Turkish metal imports over Turkey's trial on terrorism charges against Andew Brunson, an evangelical Christian pastor.

Brunson has denied Turkey's allegations that he was involved in a plot against Erdogan two years ago.

Trump, speaking to Reuters in an Oval Office interview, said he thought he had a deal with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan when he helped persuade Israel allow Turkish citizen Ebru Ozkan to return home. "There will be no concessions", Trump told Reuters.

Also, gunshots were fired at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara early on Monday, without causing any casualties.

The lira has lost about 40 percent of its value against the USA dollar so far this year.

TRT World spoke to Giles Gibson who weighed in on Trump's comments from Washington DC.

Erdogan, who had been expected to speak to reporters after morning prayers, made no public statement. The crisis has deepened turmoil in Turkey's financial markets.

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He prayed on Tuesday morning at a mosque near the tourist resort of Marmaris on the south coast and then handed out gifts to local children, the Milliyet newspaper reported.

"I got that person out for him".

On Monday he appealed to Turks' religious and patriotic feelings ahead of the Muslim holiday, promising they would not be brought "to their knees" by the economic crisis.

Turkey had sought United States help to persuade the Israelis to release a Turkish woman who was being held in Israel, the senior official said.

Last week, a senior Turkish diplomatic source told MEE that Brunson may be released, but Ankara wants "something in return".

Turkey had sought US help to persuade the Israelis to release a Turkish woman who was being held in Israel, the senior official said.

The initially political dispute later turned economic as Washington threatened "large sanctions" on Turkey and ordered a sharp rise in U.S. tariffs on imports from Turkey, prompting its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally to take a series of counter-measures.

Another ratings agency, DBRS, said European banks with Turkey exposure face a manageable capital impact. "It's no longer a one-way street for the United States", he said. Nobody was injured and Turkish authorities later detained two men over the incident.

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