Currencies: Trump says he’s doubling Turkish tariffs as lira slides

Currencies: Trump says he’s doubling Turkish tariffs as lira slides

President Donald Trump said he authorized the doubling of existing steel and aluminum tariffs on imports from Turkey in response to a dramatic slide of more than 15% in the Turkish lira on Friday.

The lira USDTRY, +18.6176%  was last down 18.4% against the buck, according to Factset, marking its biggest loss since February 2001. One dollar bought 6.5731 lira, compared with 5.5426 late Thursday in New York.

Trump has previously called out trade partners’ weak currencies versus the greenback, and has openly favored a weaker U.S. currency. Trump’s negative view of the strong dollar is predicated on goods priced in weaker currencies being more attractive on the global market.

The ICE U.S. Dollar Index DXY, +0.63%  hit its strongest level since July 2017 on Friday.

U.S.-Turkish relations have been rocky of late over the detention of a U.S. pastor by Turkish authorities.

Earlier Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a speech called on his population to exchange dollars and gold for lira to stave off its fall. He also said “Turkey won’t surrender to economic hitmen.”

Friday’s events rattled global markets, dragging European stocks, including the STOXX Europe 600 Index SXXP, -1.07%  and the FTSE 100 UKX, -0.74%  . U.S. stocks also opened lower, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.70%  , S&P 500 SPX, -0.14%  and Nasdaq Composite COMP, -0.52%  all kicking the session off in the red.

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