Skip to comments.Turkey's president threatens boycott of iPhones, other US electronics
Posted on 08/14/2018 8:56:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that his country will ban US electronics after a diplomatic feud pushed it into a currency crisis.
He specifically highlighted Apple, the Associated Press reports, saying Turkey would stop bringing in iPhones in favor of devices from South Korea's Samsung or Turkey's own Vestel.
"We will implement a boycott against America's electronic goods," he said. "If they have the iPhone, there is Samsung elsewhere. We have Vestel."
It's not clear how Erdogan would enforce the boycott, the AP noted.
A boycott would serve as retaliation against the US sanctions on two Turkish ministers over the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson, as well as President Donald Trump's doubling of tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum imports last week, which resulted in a massive drop in the lira's value, according to Reuters.
US National Security Adviser John Bolton met with the Turkish ambassador to Washington on Monday, suggesting that diplomatic efforts are continuing, according to the AP.
Neither the White House, Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs nor Apple immediately responded to a request for comment.
In April 2017, Turkey cut off Wikipedia as part of an effort to shut down opposition. The country blocked WikiLeaks the year before after it published 300,000 government emails and briefly stopped Twitter access after a deadly 2015 bombing.
Good. We don’t want your muzzy money.
iphones are Chinese, does turkey think apple is a US company paying US taxes or something ?
This Turkey is playing a game of chicken, and watch out when they all come home to roost. Markets will be watching him like a hawk
My thought exactly...
Oh horror of horrors!!!
I see why they call this country TURKEY.
Well, do what you gotta do, Turkey.
Gonna hurt real bad...
Cancel the F-35s to Turkey, and take back the few already delivered.
Yeah. Go for it.
And cancel all the spare parts for their US aircraft, helos, and ships. No more weapons shipments. Halt all training for Turkish military in the US.
When did we start making electronics again?
How do you charge a phone using goat dung anyway...???
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