President Donald Trump on Thursday said the U.S. would impose sanctions on Turkey over the detainment of an American pastor, as he accused Twitter Inc. of restricting Republicans and visited Iowa and Illinois.
Trump tweeted that pastor Andrew Brunson, who denies charges of aiding a failed military coup, is “suffering greatly” and “should be released immediately!” He said the U.S. “will impose large sanctions on Turkey” for its detainment of the pastor, but did not elaborate.
Turkey and the U.S. are allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Congress is looking to pause sales of F-35 joint strike fighters to Turkey, pending a new assessment of U.S.-Turkish relations. The planes are made by Lockheed Martin
The United States will impose large sanctions on Turkey for their long time detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson, a great Christian, family man and wonderful human being. He is suffering greatly. This innocent man of faith should be released immediately!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2018
STRIKING OUT AT TWITTER
Trump, a frequent Twitter
user, accused the company of restricting the visibility of prominent Republicans. In a tweet, he said Twitter was “SHADOW BANNING” members of his party and pledged, “we will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once!”
Twitter denied the practice. A story in Vice magazine said Republicans including GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel were not showing up in part of Twitter’s search function and had their visibility on the social-media platform limited. The company says it was aware some accounts weren’t automatically populating and that it was due to a bug it is trying to fix.
TRUMP TELLS FARMERS CHINA WON’T WIN
Speaking at a workforce event in Iowa, Trump sought to assure farmers he was taking tough measures against China.
“They want to attack the farm belt because they know the farmers love me,” the president said, before going to speak at a separate event in Illinois. “And I said they’re not going to win, just so you understand. We have all the cards, we’re going to win.” This week, Trump announced $12 billion in emergency aid for farmers. The administration has also imposed tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese goods, and threatened additional levies.
A day after striking a tentative trade deal with the European Union, Trump said “we just opened up Europe for you farmers. You’re not going to be too angry with Trump.” Among other things, the EU agreed to import more American soybeans.