World leaders aren't taking Donald Trump's trade barbs lyingdown.

After the U.S. president said Germany and Japan are gamingforeign-exchange markets to win favorable trade terms,Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joined German Chancellor AngelaMerkel on Tuesday in pushing back and leading a globalcounter-charge to the accusations.

“A massive clash is starting to emerge with Trump willing to getinto major geopolitical spats with China and other countries toadvance his 'America First' agenda,” Mark Leonard, director of theEuropean Council on Foreign Relations, said in a phoneinterview.

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