Trump says European Union officials want to negotiate trade deal in Washington visit


Trump says European Union officials want to negotiate trade deal in Washington visit

Trump to host European Commission president amid trade spat

Trump to host European Commission president amid trade spat

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement on Tuesday that Juncker would arrive at the White House on July 25 for a previously planned meeting that will focus on "improving transatlantic trade and forging a stronger economic partnership".

President Donald Trump will meet with the president of the European Commission next week at the White House, days after labeling the European Union a "foe" of the United States.

Trump tore into the EU in a CBS News interview over the weekend, calling the union a "foe" of Washington because of its trade policies, which the president has long decried as one-sided and unfair to the U.S.

Next week's meeting with Juncker comes almost two months after the Trump administration announced that it would impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, as well as Canada and Mexico.

He said: "They're going to be coming on July 25th to negotiate with us".

If he makes good on threats of 20 percent to 25 percent tariffs on autos and auto parts, it would be Trump's biggest yet, the Journal reported, adding America a year ago imported $176 billion of passenger cars, $36 billion of trucks, and $147 billion of auto components.

"If we don't negotiate something fair, then we have tremendous retribution, which we don't want to use, but we have tremendous powers", Trump said at a White House Cabinet meeting.

Larry Kudlow, who heads the White House Economic Council, said separately at an investment forum in NY that he has been told that Juncker would be "bringing a very important free trade offer" to Trump on his visit.

He said: "We will be in discussions".

He told a press conference that he "would like to make the USA president understand" a key point on trade while admitting he had tried unsuccessfully with him before.

These included cutting tariff and non-tariff barriers to imports, ending the "theft" of intellectual property and allowing full foreign ownership of companies operating in China, Kudlow said.