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By talking down the value of the U.S. dollar, President-elect Donald Trump is potentially veering away from more than two decades of strong-dollar precedent. 

The old mantra of a steady hand and a strong currency was championed by President Bill Clinton’s Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. “Our policy has been constant. A strong dollar is in our interest,” he said in 1998. His successors largely stuck to that line.

Besides sending a message of confidence about the U.S. economy, the government’s strong-dollar rhetoric was also a way of not commenting on the currency, said Barry Eichengreen, a University of California, Berkeley, economist.

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