US President Donald Trump accused New Delhi of charging as high as 100% tariff on import of American products.
Trump said,”We have countries where, as an example, India, they charge up as much as 100% tariff. We want the tariffs removed.”
He was responding to a question in his recent decisions to impose tariffs on the import of foreign products. Trump has defended it by arguing that this is in retaliation to the imbalance of trade that the US has with major trading partners including China, the European Union, and India.
India and the US will hold first 2+2 dialogue next week. Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister, and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be in the US for talks with their American counterparts Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis.
“What I would like to do and what I offered at the G7, you remember, I said let’s drop all tariffs and all barriers,” he said. “Is everybody OK with that? And nobody said yes. I said wait a minute folks, you’re complaining. No tariffs and no barriers, you’re on your own, let’s do it. And it was like they couldn’t leave the room fast enough,” he said recollecting his conversation with G-7 leaders in Canada recently.
Trump told reporters at the White House,”Other countries are negotiating (with US). Without tariffs, you could never do that. If they don’t want to negotiate, then we’ll do the tariffs.”
He said,”Just remember, we’re the bank. We’re the bank that everybody wants to steal from and plunder and can’t be that way anymore. We lost USD 500 billion last year with China. We lost 151 billion with European Union, which puts up great barriers so that our farmers can’t trade. We can’t send farm products in for the most part. It’s very hard to send cars in.”