Turkish govt circles get personal with Trump

As the diplomatic crisis between Turkey and the United States progresses, Turkish officials and friendly media channels have begun to launch personal attacks on U.S. President Donald Trump.

Yeni Akit, a hard-line Islamist pro-government newspaper, appeared eager to coin a new nickname for the U.S. president, calling him a “yellow devil.” In the original Turkish the phrase does not carry racist connotation against East Asian people.

“The yellow devil will absolutely lose the plot” at Germany’s projected success as an exporter this year, said the newspaper, referring to Trump’s controversial protectionist trade policies.

Meanwhile Mehmet Özhaseki, a deputy chair of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), launched a scathing personal attack on Trump on Monday, calling him “unbalanced.”

“He’s completely unbalanced. He’s declaring war on everyone. His mouth twitches, his face twitches, his hair goes one way, his ears the other. We Turks have other words for people like that, but I’m far too polite to use them,” Özhaseki told a crowd in the central Anatolian city of Kayseri.

Turkey’s relations with the United States have been at an abject low, in large part due to Turkey’s imprisonment of U.S. citizens and employees.

The United States has taken a tough stance, sanctioning Turkish ministers and doubling tariffs on Turkish metal imports.

Trump has threatened further action against Turkey unless the prisoners are released. The Wall Street Journal wrote on Monday that it is possible that new U.S. sanctions would come within this week if there is no progress of pastor case. Some other observers speculated, in the line with WSJ's reporting that the U.S. gave the Turkish administration a grace period to release the pastor until the end of the Eid al-Adha festival. 

The Eid starts on Tuesday and ends Friday. 

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