US tariffs to remain even if pastor freed: White House
WASHINGTON - Anadolu Agency
Speaking at a news conference, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said tariffs on Turkey would not be removed even if detained American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is facing terrorism charges in Turkey, is released. “The tariffs that are in place on steel would not be removed with the release of pastor Brunson. The tariffs are specific to national security," she said.
Turkey and the U.S. are currently experiencing rocky relations following Washington’s imposition of sanctions on two government ministers for not releasing American pastor Andrew Brunson, who faces terrorism-related charges in Turkey.
Last Friday President Donald Trump ramped up his attack on Turkey by doubling U.S. tariffs on Turkish aluminum and steel imports. Turning to U.S. reaction against Turkey's increasing tariffs on American products,