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Trump Goes After Turkey, Announces Doubling of Tariffs: Our Relations ‘Are Not Good!’

Early in his administration, President Donald Trump was criticized for placing a congratulatory call to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan — an authoritarian leader. But now, the relationship appears to have gone sideways.

Amid a steep drop in Turkey’s currency, the Lira, the president announced on Twitter Friday that he has given the greenlight to sharply increased tariffs.

“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 wrote. “Aluminum will now be 20% and Steel 50%. Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!”

Erdogan is preaching calm as his country’s currency collapses.

“There are various campaigns being carried out. Don’t heed them,” Erdogan said (via CNBC). “Don’t forget, if they have their dollars, we have our people, our God. We are working hard. Look at what we were 16 years ago and look at us now,”

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