Axis of ANGER: Trump WARNED sanctions could create alliance between the US enemies

The hefty tariffs and sanctions imposed by the US in the past months on China, Turkey, Iran and Russia have so far been seen as a victory for the White House.

But they could prove to be a double-edged sword if they will bring together the affected nations in an alliance against America and the West, according to Mark Almond, the Director of the Crisis Research Institute.

He wrote in an opinion piece on the Daily Telegraph: “Taken individually, Iran, Turkey, Russia and even China are vulnerable to American pressure.

“But if these countries are pushed together, their mutual support and capacity to cause turmoil could make US measures counterproductive. 

“Maybe a coalescing of Iran and Turkey could be dismissed as no more viable than two drunks leaning on each other under the illusion that they’ve found a lamppost for support.

“But add Russia and China, and they suddenly have a new geopolitical hinterland.”

Mr Almond’s analysis hints at the thinly-veiled threat issued by Turkey’s president last week.

cancelling “before it’s too late”, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “Washington must give up the misguided notion that our relationship can be asymmetrical and come to terms with the fact that Turkey has alternatives. 

“Failure to reverse this trend of unilateralism and disrespect will require us to start looking for new friends and allies.”

Mr Almond believes attacking four different countries currently facing political and economic difficulties within their own borders could “backfire”.

He said: “Creating a swathe of pariahs from the Bosphorus to Beijing could backfire.

’s scatter-gun approach to sanctioning rogue rivals risks creating an axis of the sanctioned.”

This new “axis” is bringing “clarity” on international relations, the analyst said, as it’s making clear where countries stand, with or without the US. 

But it could also cost a significant amount of efforts to the US.

He added: “He is forgetting the wisdom of his great predecessor, Abraham Lincoln.

“During the Civil War, his secretary of state said the Union should invade Canada to punish Britain for its sympathy for the South.

“’One war at a time,’ Lincoln admonished him and concentrated on beating the main enemy.” 

Mr Trump’s tariffs on ’s steel and aluminium exports have contributed sending the Turkish lira into a tailspin, which in the last two days have sparked chaos across the worldwide markets. 

The newly imposed sanctions on Iran and Russia have also had a huge negative impact on the countries’ respective currencies, the rouble and the rial.

And even China’s strength on the markets received a blow with analysts arguing the country was “not as strong as we thought”.

Curtis Chin, an Asia fellow at economic think tank the Milken Institute, said: “We have to realise that perhaps China isn’t as strong as when we at first think. 

“China is still figuring out also how to deal with this trade situation, how to ensure the stability of its domestic economy.

“And that works to the advantage of President Trump, and I think what’s really working to the advantage of President Trump is the state of the US economy right now.

“Really, the US economy is firing on all cylinder.”

“This satellite breakup represents the most prolific and serious fragmentation in the course of 50 years of space operations.”