Washington Examiner: Congress blocks F-35 transfers to Turkey over detained pastor14 September 2018 | 18:50 | FOCUS News Agency
House and Senate lawmakers finalized a $674 billion defense spending bill and added a passage that none of the money can be used to deliver F-35s to Ankara, which is eager to purchase about 100 of the advanced fighters.
The legislation backs a prohibition signed into law by President Trump last month as part of the Pentagon’s annual policy bill and is another sign of the deteriorating relationship between the U.S. and Ankara over Brunson.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was given a 90-day deadline to send Congress a report on the U.S. relationship with Turkey. None of the F-35s made by Lockheed Martin can change hands until it is delivered.
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