Trump Warns WTO to Treat U.S. Properly or He Will Act

Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands visited the White House on Monday, and after what had seemed like a cordial visit at first quickly devolved when Donald Trump began telling Rutte how "positive" tariffs can be for countries. He warned however that "The WTO has treated the United States very, very badly" and if they don't "change their ways... we will be doing something". He then said, "Tariffs are not good", to which Donald Trump replied, "Just think about those cars that pour in here". He said the USA would continue meeting with the European Union about the trade issue, saying, "If we do work it out, that will be positive, and if we don't, it will be positive also".

"The European Union would therefore caution the United States against pursuing a process which could result in yet another disregard of global law, which would damage further the reputation of the United States and which the worldwide community cannot and will not accept", the EU report said. Immediately upon saying that for his tariffs are actually a positive, Prime Minister Rutte, and my apologies if I'm pronouncing his name incorrectly. Trump is also threatening to impose tariffs on vehicles.

The Netherlands' leader will be at the White House amid trade tensions involving the United States and a number of allies.

Mr. Trump and Mr. Rutte sat down to discuss trade, jobs and security ahead of an upcoming North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels. Fair trade deals - I didn't want to say "good", I want to say "fair". "We have to work something out". Axios reported details of what it said was a leaked Trump administration drafted bill to "declare America's abandonment of fundamental World Trade Organization rules". Both leaders shook hands and Trump thanked Rutte.

  • Rogelio Becker