Turkey’s behavior towards the US in recent years justifies the sanctions President Trump imposed on it, believes Steven A. Cook of Foreign Policy. From thwarting America’s strategy concerning Syria and Iran to detaining US citizens to get what he wants, Turkey's President Erdogan has been too pushy. The country is currently facing an economic crisis, which makes the sanctions sting harder. It is refreshing that Trump is willing to hold Erdogan’s feet to the fire. Turkey has gotten away with too much misbehavior without consequences. This may have led Erdogan to believe that his country is too valuable to be punished. Trump is proving that theory wrong.
President Trump opened up a dangerous Pandora's box with his sanctions against Turkey, asserts Pinchas Landau of The Times of Israel. The country is facing a grave financial crisis that will likely shock markets across the globe. Trump chose this low moment to impose biting sanctions, likely to punish President Erdogan’s past behavior. This move will deteriorate US-Turkish relations, driving the country away from the West and towards Russia. It will also further unsettle an already flailing market that many European banks are invested in. Additionally, Erdogan now has a clear boogeyman, on which to blame any long-term economic aftereffects.