Several American media outlets have alleged that a businessman with ‘close ties’ to President Elect Donald Trump was arrested on flimsy charges in Turkey so that Turkish authorities have more leverage over the incoming administration.

There are concerns that Mr Trump’s global business empire exposes him to exploitation to a greater degree than previous Presidents. Coupled with his controversial rhetoric and policy proposals, which could rapidly alienate powerful actors, this adds a new and unknown element to the next four years.

From the Independent

Donald Trump’s business interests give other countries ‘leverage’, Newsweek claims

During a phone call with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the day after his election win, Mr Trump mentioned Mr Muratoglu by name only for him to be arrested shortly afterwards, according US TV host Rachel Maddow, who was given an exclusive of the magazine’s story.      

It goes on to claim that they plan to use his detention as leverage in a deal that would see the US extradite the Imam, Fethullah Gulen, who Mr Erdogan has blamed for masterminding an attempted coup in the country earlier this year – a charge he denies. 

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