The Turkish lira is locked at a low level as Trump doubles the metal tariffs

Criticizing the state of the EE relationship UU With Ankara, Trump announced on Twitter that it had authorized doubling tariffs on aluminum and steel imported from Turkey, which makes them 20 percent and 50 percent, respectively.

The White House said Trump would use a section of the US law that allows tariffs on national security to impose increased tariffs.

Washington and Ankara have been in disagreement for months with an American pastor held in Turkey, the Syrian civil war and other diplomatic issues.

Trump's move caused Turkey's lyre to sink further into the ground. The lira, which for a long time has been falling because of worries about the government's influence on monetary policy and US tensions, plunged more than 18 percent at one point on Friday to a record low against the dollar.

Even before Trump's announcement, President Tayyip Erdogan told the Turks to exchange gold and dollars per lira to fight "an economic war." The waves of the crisis spread abroad, with investors selling shares in European banks with great exposure to the Turkish economy. nL5N1V12A6]

"I just authorized a doubling of tariffs on steel and aluminum with respect to Turkey since its currency, the Turkish lira, is rapidly sliding down against our very strong dollar," Trump said in a morning publication on Twitter.

"Aluminum will now be 20 percent and steel 50 percent, our relations with Turkey are not good at the moment!

The United States, the world's largest steel importer, imposed tariffs of 10 percent on aluminum and 25 percent on steel in March for imports from various countries. Turkey is the sixth largest exporter of steel to the United States.

Ankara sent a delegation to Washington this week to meet with the State Department and the Treasury Department to resolve some of the disputes, but those talks showed no signs of progress.

Last week, the United States imposed sanctions on the Turkish justice minister and the interior minister for not releasing US pastor Andrew Brunson.

Brunson, a North Presbyterian evangelical pastor

Carolina, was imprisoned for allegedly supporting a group that

Ankara blames for a coup attempt in 2016. Brunson denies the

load. His cause resonates with conservative Christian supporters of Trump, which could also be influential as Republicans seek to retain control of Congress in midterm elections in November.

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Trump and Erdogan from Turkey have had an ups and downs relationship.

At the UN General Assembly last year, Trump called Erdogan a "friend" who got "very good grades" for the way he runs the country.

A few weeks ago, it was reported that Trump had beaten Erdogan during a NATO meeting in Brussels.

Aaron Stein, senior member of the Atlantic Council's expert group in Washington, said Trump "customized Brunson's problem and feels that Erdogan cheated him."

"We are in unexplored waters here, I have no idea how this ends, or where Ankara wants to take this, but it's going to be a wild ride," Stein said.

In addition to the Brunson case, Washington is seeking the release of three employees from the US embassy. UU With local employment. Trade issues and differences over Syria have also strained bilateral relations.

Turkey also wants the United States to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric based in Pennsylvania, who Turkish authorities say was the mastermind of the coup d'├ętat against Erdogan in which 250 people died. Gulen denies the accusation.

Turkey, home of the Incirlik air base that is used by US forces in the Middle East, has been a member of NATO since the 1950s and a close ally of the United States.