Trump Accuses ‘China, European Union and Others’ of Manipulating their Currencies

President Donald Trump ramped up his criticism of global monetary policy as well as his own central bank, saying in tweets that multiple nations are manipulating currencies to the detriment of the U.S, CNBC informed.

The comments come a day after Trump, in a CNBC interview, ripped U.S. trading partners including China and the European Union and said the nation needs a weak dollar.

In his CNBC interview, Trump was candid in his feelings about where the U.S. stands in the foreign exchange market.

He estimated that currency imbalances were costing the U.S. $150 billion with European Union nations.

“They’re making money easy and their currency is falling,” Trump said on “Squawk Box.” “In China their currency is dropping like a rock and our currency is going up, and I have to tell you it puts us at a disadvantage.”

The U.S. and EU have long had a cooperative trading arrangement, with the European currency traditionally running well ahead of the greenback. China, conversely, has long been faulted for keeping its currency low, though it has not been officially labeled a manipulator by the U.S. Treasury Department.

“Treasury is strongly concerned by the lack of progress by China in correcting the bilateral trade imbalance and urges China to create a more level and reciprocal playing field for American workers and firms,” Treasury said in a report earlier this year on nations whose currency practices it is watching.

Trump said his decision to slap tariffs on billions in imported goods is part of his strategy to level the global playing field, which he said has been unbalanced due in part to tightening U.S. monetary policy while other central banks remain accommodating.

“They’re not doing what we’re doing and we already have somewhat of a disadvantage, although I’m turning that into an advantage,” he said.

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