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Mnuchin's Shift to Trade Warrior Makes Him Likely Target at G-20

  • Treasury chief attends summit as world trade conflict grows
  • Trump on eve of talks says China, EU manipulate exchange rates
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U.S. Treasury Department officials have gone from economic diplomats to trade warriors, a shift that leaves Secretary Steven Mnuchin once again exposed to broadsides from global counterparts at a multilateral summit.

President Donald Trump ratcheted up the pressure on the eve of the meeting by accusing China and the European Union of artificially weakening their currencies. As the U.S. wages a global trade war -- with new battles starting almost daily -- the Group of 20 finance ministers are trying to find common ground where they can, and will likely debate tariffs and exchange-rate policy at this weekend’s gathering in Buenos Aires.