Lithuanian economists see Trump's possible trade wars as key threat

Lithuanian economists say global economy could be threatened, if the United States' new President Donald Trump started waging trade wars, although the scenario does not seem very likely for now.
President-elect Donald Trump is getting ready for inauguration celebration
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