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IMF's Lagarde says America First pushing world into disaster

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Staff Writer | June 11, 2018
International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde led an attack by global economic organisations on US President Donald Trump's "America First" trade policy, warning that clouds over the global economy "are getting darker by the day".
IMF Christine Lagarde
World   "The biggest and darkest cloud"
Trump backed out of a joint communique agreed by Group of Seven leaders in Canada at the weekend that mentioned the need for "free, fair and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism.

Lagarde unleashed a thinly-veiled attack on Trump's trade policy
The U.S. president, who has imposed import tariffs on metals, is furious about the United States' large trade deficit with key allies. "Fair trade is now to be called fool trade if it is not reciprocal," he tweeted on Monday.

In response, Lagarde unleashed a thinly-veiled attack on Trump's trade policy, saying challenges to the way trade is conducted were damaging business confidence, which had soured even since the weekend G7 summit.

...the clouds on the horizon that we have signaled about six months ago are getting darker by the day
The Washington-based IMF is sticking to its forecast for global growth of 3.9 per cent both this year and next, she said, before adding: "But the clouds on the horizon that we have signaled about six months ago are getting darker by the day, and I was going to say by the weekend."

"The biggest and darkest cloud that we see is the deterioration in confidence that is prompted by attempt to challenge the way in which trade has been conducted, in which relationships have been handled and in which multilateral organisations have been operating," Lagarde said.

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