Trump Says ‘Trade Wars Are Good, And Easy to Win,’ Dow Immediately Drops

President Donald Trump didn’t just have Alec Baldwin on his mind Friday morning — he was also thinking about his decision to impose new tariffs on steel imports, which has sparked a panic over a potential trade war and roiled stock markets.

Trump held a hastily arranged meeting on Thursday announcing stiff tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, bucking administration officials who warned that doing so could lead to a global trade fight.

The announcement rattled the stock markets, with the Dow dropping 420 points on Thursday.

And the president defended his decision on Friday morning, explaining that trade wars are no biggie.

“When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win,” Trump tweeted. “Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!”

The latest tweet alone caused another drop in the stock market, as noted by CNBC senior economics reporter Steve Liesman:

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