has praised the virtues in a series of tweets on Tuesday, laying the foundations for his trade meeting with the President of the European Commission.
While the Trump administration is leading national security concerns to justify tariffs on metal imports and possible automobile imports, the president on Tuesday referred only to trade issues.
"The tariffs are the biggest!" Trump declared early Tuesday. "Either a country that has treated the United States unfairly for trade is negotiating a fair deal, or it is beaten with tariffs, it's that simple ̵
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will hold talks in Washington on Wednesday. The White House said the two countries would focus on "a wide range of priorities, including foreign and security policy, counterterrorism, energy security and economic growth."
Last week, Mr. Trump threatened "tremendous retaliation" at his meeting with EU officials this week, which does not deliver what he considers a fair car trade agreement. Mr Trump recently said that he considers the EU an "enemy" in trade. Mr Trump repeatedly complains that the EU imposes 10% tariffs on car imports, compared to 2.5% imposed by the US. He refuses to mention the US-imposed 25% light-duty tariffs against the 10% rate in Europe] "Countries that have treated us unfairly for years all come to Washington to negotiate," Mr. Trump wrote Tuesday morning in a second tweet, without specifying which countries. "That should have happened many years ago, but, as the saying goes, better late than never!"
An escalation of a trade dispute between the US and some of its closest allies has triggered retaliation and legal action, according to Mr. Trump earlier this year, to impose tariffs of 10% on aluminum imports and 25% on steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the EU ,
The Trump government has justified these tariffs with national security issues that allies call a pseudo-principle to ultimately bolster the politically favored US industries.
The President has also imposed $ 34 billion on imports of electronic goods, machinery and other products from China, with another $ 16 billion expected in the coming weeks. He has also said that he would charge duties for another $ 200 billion for a range of consumer goods. China responded with its own retaliatory tariffs.
On Tuesday, the National Retail Federation and 65 other corporate groups warned the government's negotiator that the trade dispute would hurt US companies, workers and consumers.
Chinese imports will not have the effect that the government wants, "the coalition wrote to the US Trade Representative
"If the goal is to open up markets for US goods and services abroad, the use of tariffs is against this goal."
Mr. Trump has repeatedly threatened tariffs on imported cars and auto parts if European leaders make no trade concessions. The threat is also related to negotiations with Canada and Mexico over the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Last week, Trade Minister Wilbur Ross said that the government had not yet decided whether imported carriers and auto parts could be struck with proposed 25% tariffs for national security reasons. His comments came on Thursday at the opening of a hearing in Washington, where all but one of 43 respondents who testified had opposed car fares.