The Armenian community is getting hit by a new administration that is targeting its businesses and business-related institutions, including the Armenian-owned news organization.
| AP Photo Armenian-American business leader to head White House staffArmenian-American businessman Nenad Shafik will head the White House Office of American Innovation.
The announcement came Wednesday, after the administration sent a letter to Armenian-Americans demanding that the news organization divest from several businesses that it has been dealing with for more than a decade.
The letter said the Armenian business community was “under siege” by the administration’s actions and that it was seeking to protect them.
The White House has also ordered an investigation into whether the news organizations violated the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which bars government officials from receiving foreign money.
“As you know, Armenian- American businesses are under siege by the Trump Administration’s attempt to take them over and make them dependent on foreign government money,” Shafak said in a statement.
“This administration is attempting to destroy Armenian- owned news organizations and businesses that are critical to our country, our values, and our history.”
The Trump administration has also issued subpoenas to several news organizations, including Armenian News Network, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.
In addition to Shafaks statement, the letter sent by Trump’s National Security Council read, “We ask that you cease and desist from interfering in Armenian-related matters, and ensure that the Armenians of the United States are protected.”
Shafakhs organization, which is owned by the Turkish government, was started in the 1980s by the son of the former Turkish president, Kemal Ataturk, and is one of the countrys oldest and most well-known newspapers.
Its main Armenian-language newspaper, The National, has more than 25 million readers.
Its owner, the Armenian Orthodox Church, was founded in 1923.
In 2013, the newspaper received the Pulitzer Prize for print journalism for its coverage of the Armenian Genocide.
In 2018, the group published an editorial criticizing the Trump family for their ties to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is currently under investigation for allegedly ordering the murder of journalists and other opposition figures during the 2016 U.N. General Assembly.
Shafakovs son, Yevgeny Shafanko, who founded the news group in the early 2000s, told the Washington Post that he and his family are in the process of selling the newspaper and its assets.
He said he expects the sale to go through within the next week.
Shavkat Zarkhov, president of the National Press Club, which represents the Armenian American community, told Axios that his organization will not support the administration.
“The Armenian community will not stand for this,” Zarkov said.
“There is nothing in the Armenian people that is being threatened by this administration.
There is nothing.
We have been there for centuries.
The Armenian-Canadian community has always supported the Armenian nation, but there is a very real threat to the Armenian identity of our country.”
Armenian-U.S.-Israeli relationship The Trump family has made it clear it wants to build a relationship with Turkey, but it has not done so as quickly as many of its predecessors.
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who serves as the president’s senior adviser, met with Turkish President Binali Yildirim in May and discussed the U