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Donald Trump decides to double tariffs on Turkey: Relations ‘are not good at this time!’

September 13, 2018 GMT

President Trump said Friday the U.S. will double tariffs on steel and aluminum for Turkey, noting the relationship between the two states “are not good at this time!”

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! Aluminum will now be 20% and Steel 50%. Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2018

A statement from the White House confirmed the president’s decision to pool reporters.

“As he stated, the President has authorized the preparation of documents to raise tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from Turkey. Section 232 tariffs are imposed on imports from particular countries whose exports threaten to impair national security as defined in Section 232, independent of negotiations on trade or any other matter,” it read.

The Turkish lira fell at least 13 percentFriday, as President Erdogan called for people to exchange their other forms of money to the lira. It was nearly 6 per dollar earlyFridaymorning in D.C.

Turkey is currently under a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum, which went into effect in March.

On June 21, Turkey’s retaliatory tariffs went into effect on 4 to 70 percent of more than $1 billion worth of U.S. goods. The U.S. responded byfiling a complaintagainst the country with the World Trade Organization.

Relations are also tense because of new U.S.sanctionson Turkey over the imprisonment of America pastor Andrew Brunson. The sanctions on two officials were announced Wednesday.

This story is based in part on wire service reports.