US runs risk of losing Turkey as a whole: Erdoğan aide

Threats, sanctions will only increase Turkey’s resolve, writes presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalın

August 11, 2018

Threats and sanctions against Turkey will not work, presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın said on Saturday.

“The U.S. runs the risk of losing Turkey as a whole. The entire Turkish public is against U.S. policies that disregard Turkey’s legitimate security demands.

“Threats, sanctions and bullying against Turkey will not work. It will only increase Turkey’s resolve. But it will also further isolate the U.S. in both Turkey and on the international scene,” Kalin wrote in his weekly column in the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper.

Kalin’s remarks came a day after U.S. President Donald Trump ramped up his attack on Turkey by doubling U.S. tariffs on Turkish aluminum and steel imports to 20 percent and 50 percent, respectively.