Trump contradicts own Treasury Department with China currency tweet

Apr 19, 2018, 05:00
Trump contradicts own Treasury Department with China currency tweet

The Twitter message sent by US President Donald Trump warning Russian Federation and China not to devalue their currency was simply a warning shot to the two countries, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump's accusations that China and Russian Federation are gaming their currencies were a "warning shot" about the consequences about devaluation, rather than part of a wish to achieve a weaker dollar, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. "This is not acceptable", wrote Donald Trump in Twitter.

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The accusations are however problematic in that they come days after the U.S. Treasury published its latest report into foreign exchange markets which provides the analytical framework from which the U.S.is supposed to use to officially label currency manipulators. "It's a warning shot to make sure China doesn't devalue the currency as they have in the past".

U.S. President Donald Trump announces military strikes on Syria while delivering a statement from the White House in Washington, U.S., April 13, 2018. The ruble has dropped about 10 percent against the dollar in the past year, with the most recent plunge a result of US sanctions related to 2016 election meddling.

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The accusations suggest Trump believes both nations are unfairly making their exports more cost-competitive on worldwide markets, at the expense of USA exports.

More widely, the us dollar index, which measures the greenback's value against a basket of major trading partner currencies, has declined by 11.2 percent since Trump became president.

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China is evaluating the impact of a gradual yuan depreciation as the country's leaders weigh their options in the trade spat with the U.S., according to people familiar with the matter. The president has repeatedly complained about the United States trade shortfall with China, which reached US$337 billion in goods and services previous year. Others on this list include Japan, South Korea, Germany, Switzerland and India.

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