- Ambassador asked for meeting to discuss detention of pastor
- Turkish lira continues sharp decline, but Erdogan is defiant
President Donald Trump’s top national security aide warned Turkey’s ambassador on Monday that the U.S. has nothing further to negotiate until a detained American pastor is freed, according to two people familiar with the matter, signaling a standoff between the countries will continue as Turkey’s financial meltdown spreads to emerging markets.
White House National Security Adviser John Bolton delivered that message to Ambassador Serdar Kilic in Washington, according to the two people, who asked for anonymity to discuss the encounter. The White House said that Kilic had requested the meeting, which centered on the Ankara government’s detention of an American evangelical pastor, Andrew Brunson. Turkey’s failure to free Brunson has become the latest conflict between the two nations. MORE https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-13/trump-adviser-bolton-met-with-turkey-s-ambassador-to-u-sBy Jennifer Jacobs and Justin Sink