Turkey targets iPhone after Trump doubles tariffs

Once more on the front lines of the President's trade war.

From Erdogan calls for Turkish boycott of U.S.-made electronics, singling out Apple’s iPhone, posted Tuesday by the Washington Post:

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that Turkey would boycott U.S.-made electronic products, escalating a feud with the Trump administration that has contributed to the rapid decline of the Turkish currency.

The currency, the lira, tumbled against the dollar last week when President Trump said he was doubling tariffs on imported Turkish metals to punish Erdogan for refusing to free an American pastor currently on trial in Turkey. The argument over the pastor, Andrew Brunson, has sparked the worst crisis between the NATO allies in decades and led to fears that Turkey’s economic problems could cause a new global financial crisis.

“We are going to apply a boycott on America's electronic products,” Erdogan said Tuesday during a televised speech, adding that there were alternatives, produced by South Korean or Turkish companies. He did not say when the boycott would start or how it would be enforced.

“If they have the iPhone, there is Samsung on the other side,” he said, referring to the phone by Apple that became closely associated with Erdogan himself two years ago when he used the phone’s FaceTime feature to rally citizens during a failed coup attempt.

My take: When Trump threatens trading partners, Apple gets targeted. There's probably a banana republic/Apple republic analogy to be made, but I can't make it work.

13 Comments

  1. Robert Harris said:
    Can’t wait to see this Turkish phone. That should be a big hit. Turkey will blink.

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    August 14, 2018
  2. Mordechai Beizer said:
    Note to Erdogan – the way your currency is plummeting it’s not as if you have to have tariffs to kill demand for imported goods. You’ve already imposed a defacto tariff of almost 100% tariff with your economic policies.

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    August 14, 2018
  3. Richard Wanderman said:
    …more like banana Republicans for allowing Trump to do anything let alone start trade wars. Traitors all.

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    August 14, 2018
    • Gregg_Thurman@me.com said:
      “…more like banana Republicans for allowing Trump to do anything let alone start trade wars. Traitors all.”

      Apple 3.0 is starting to look like Yahoo, MacDailyNews and other troll laden sites.

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      August 14, 2018
      • Richard Wanderman said:
        I’m not sure who you’re calling a troll but I certainly am not one. A comment you disagree with does not make the commenter a troll.

        I realize you’re a fan of Trump but his (idiotic) ideas do affect the rest of the world, including Apple.

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        August 14, 2018
  4. Fred Stein said:
    Erdogan is destroying democracy and economic health for his people. It’s tragic.

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    August 14, 2018
  5. Jonathan Mackenzie said:
    Moves like this can backfire. Some Turkish citizens no doubt love their iPhones more than their dear leader…

    And much like in India during their currency conversion, Erdogan just ensured that for some the iPhone will be a store of wealth. When you could not buy Levis in Russia, they became more valuable, not less valuable.

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    August 14, 2018
  6. Gregg_Thurman@me.com said:
    Turkey has an interesting political history.

    When the military believes elected leadership is screwing up they have a coup, run the Country for a few years then return control to newly elected leadership.

    That a coup was recently attempted (with zero repercussions against the perpetrators) it would seem that the military is fed up with Mr. Erdogan’s leadership.

    I don’t think Erdogan’s rule has a bright future.

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    August 14, 2018

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