Trump doubles tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum, says relations ‘not good’

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By: Reuters | Washington |
Updated: August 10, 2018 9:56:11 pm


Donald Trump’s announcement came less than an hour after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urged Turks to help defend the country against what he called economic war against the country.

US President Donald Trump said on Friday he had authorized higher tariffs on imports from Turkey, imposing a 20 percent duty on aluminum and 50 percent one on steel, as tensions mount between the two NATO allies over Ankara’s detention of an evangelical pastor and other diplomatic issues.

“I have just authorized a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slides rapidly downward against our very strong Dollar!” Trump said in an early morning post on Twitter.

“Aluminum will now be 20 percent and Steel 50 percent….

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