Turkey's President ordered the freezing of assets of two US officials, state media reported Saturday, days after the United States imposed sanctions on Turkey's justice and interior ministers.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara will freeze the assets in Turkey of US "justice and interior" secretaries, state-run Anadolu reported.
Continents and regions
Embargoes and sanctions
Government and public administration
Government bodies and offices
Government departments and authorities
International relations and national security
Middle East and North Africa
Political Figures - Intl
Political Figures - US
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
State departments and diplomatic services
US federal government
It was not immediately clear which specific US officials he was referring to or whether the officials have any Turkish assets. The attorney general heads the Justice Department in the United States.
The US Treasury Department is sanctioning Turkey's ministers of justice and interior in response to the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday.
"We've seen no evidence that Pastor Brunson has done anything wrong," Sanders said, calling his detention "unfair and unjust."
The two officials will have any assets and properties under US jurisdiction blocked and Americans will be prohibited from engaging in financial transactions with them.
The US Treasury announced that the United States is sanctioning Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu over their roles in Brunson's arrest and detention.
"Pastor Brunson's unjust detention and continued prosecution by Turkish officials is simply unacceptable," US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. "President Trump has made it abundantly clear that the United States expects Turkey to release him immediately."
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu responded on Twitter, saying, "(T)he effort by the US to impose sanctions on our two ministers will not go unanswered. We cannot solve our problems until the US administration understands that it cannot get its unlawful demands with this method."
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday he was "hopeful that in the coming days" Turkey would free Brunson.
- Turkey to freeze assets of US officials
- France freezes assets of Iranian intelligence over alleged bomb plot
- Clarke: Trump acting like "Controlled Asset"
- Haley: Trump's 'unpredictable' style an asset
- Weinstein Co. strikes $500M deal to sell off assets
- Weinstein Co. assets face unclear future under Lantern Capital
- Russians sought to recruit 'assets' through social media, Senate told
- Columnist: 18 reasons why Trump may be a Russian asset
- Turkish official: Why US should partner with Turkey in Syria
- Understanding Turkey's endgame in Syria