Trump doubles metal tariffs on Turkey as lira falls by 20%

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The two men spoke on the sidelines of a Nato summit in Brussels last month

President Trump has doubled US tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminium, as the precipitous fall of the Turkish lira accelerates.

In a tweet, Mr Trump said the currency was weak against “our very strong dollar”, adding that “US relations with Turkey are not good at this time”.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech that the drop was part of a “campaign” led by foreign powers.

The lira has lost around 20% of its value in the last 24 hours.

It had already fallen more than 40% in the past year.

In a televised speech on Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on citizens to exchange foreign currency and gold for lira, calling it an “economic war”.

“If they have their dollar, we have the people, we have Allah,” he said, as the lira continued to fall.

“This is a domestic and national struggle.”

After he spoke, Mr Trump tweeted that aluminium tariffs “with respect to Turkey” would be raised to 20% and steel to 50%.

The reaction from global currency markets to the rift between two Nato allies caused the euro to slump to a 13-month low and pushed the dollar to a one-year high.

Shortly after Mr Trump’s tweet, Mr Erdogan spoke on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A statement from the Kremlin said the two leaders discussed economic and trade ties.

Officials from Mr Erdogan’s office said the two men “expressed pleasure” that relations between Turkey and Russia were progressing “positively” amid joint defence and energy projects.

Diplomatic relations between the United States and Turkey have declined since the failed 2016 Turkish coup.

Trump doubles metal tariffs on Turkey as lira falls by 20%

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