US currency rallies after Trump backs 'strong dollar'

The US currency moved sharply higher against the euro and other currencies Thursday after President Donald Trump said he backed a "strong dollar" in a television interview.

"Ultimately, I want to see a strong dollar," Trump said, speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The euro, which blew through the psychologically important $1.25 level earlier Thursday, was back at $1.2412 shortly after Trump's comments were released.

The dollar has been under pressure since US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke favorably on Wednesday of a weaker US currency because of its beneficial effect on US exports.

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