President Trump said, “We have a country, take India. Good relationship. They want to make a deal now because they don’t want me to do what I am going to do, what I have to. So, they call us. They didn’t want to make a deal with anybody else”.
Trump’s remarks came days after Assistant US Trade Representative Mark Linscott visited india and held talks with Indian officials on trade related issues between the two countries.
Trump cited the example of India and accused India of imposing high tariffs on US products, 60% tariffs on some products, and said that he want to charge Indian products with tariffs.
Trump said, “Take India. You talk about free trade. So, let’s say they charge us 60 percent tariffs on a product and for the same product when they send it in (to America), we charge them nothing. So now I want to charge them 25 percent or 20 or 10 or something”.
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He said, “What do you think? That’s not free trade. We don’t like it. I said, where are these people coming from? So, think of it. Where are they coming from? You have no idea how difficult it is. Where are they coming?”
He added, “I could give you (example of) others, that are brutal, just brutal what they do to us, how they take advantage of the stupidity”.
Trump alleged that those who are opposing his moves of slapping tariffs on products being imported to US, they have their companies in those countries and they are representatives of lobbies.
He said, “Remember this, a lot of the people that are fighting me in what I am doing have ownership of companies in these countries. Remember that please. Remember that, or they are represented by lobbies. The people that are against it are usually having companies… you know, you go to these other companies, they have companies there too”.
Trump has imposed tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on Aluminum being imported to US.