Turkey to boycott US electronics - including iPhone

(Wednesday, August 15, 2018) 07:48

In addition, Turkey's national airline and its main telecoms firm announce they will halt advertising in the US media.

By Sunita Patel-Carstairs, business reporter

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his country will boycott electronic products made in the US amid an escalating diplomatic feud with the Trump administration that has contributed to a currency meltdown in Turkey.

The move comes after the US imposed sanctions on two Turkish ministers over the continued detention of an American pastor on terror-related charges.

President Donald Trump has also compounded the country's economic crisis by doubling steel and aluminium tariffs to 50% and 20% respectively.

Mr Erdogan suggested Turkey would stop procuring US-made iPhones and buy Korean Samsung or Turkish-made Vestel devices instead.

He said: "If they have the iPhone, there is Samsung elsewhere. We have Vestel."

It is unclear how the Turkish leader plans to implement the boycott.