Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Monday Turkey would boycott American electronics, amplifying fears of economic nationalism and further confrontation with the United States just as the currency plunges.
“We will boycott America’s electronic products,” Erdoğan said in a speech at a think tank. “If they have iPhones, on the other side there is Samsung. And in our own country there is our own Venus Vestel,” he added, referring to a Turkish smartphone brand.
The announcement escalates a fight with U.S. President Donald Trump, who last week hit Turkey with increased steel and aluminum tariffs.
The trade fight comes amid a diplomatic row over the arrest of an American pastor and charges against several U.S. officers at the İncirlik Air Base in southern Turkey.