US President Donald Trump made veiled threats on his Twitter account against countries that still have trade barriers against US products.
Without making it clear what the government’s reaction would be if tariffs were not removed, nor which countries in particular he had in mind, he said that the US response would be more than imposing new barriers.
It is interesting to note that in related news today, France and China publicly stated their continued commitment to developing strategic cooperation within the One Belt One Road initiative.
“The United States is insisting that all countries that have placed artificial trade barriers and tariffs on goods going into their country, remove those Barriers & Tariffs or be met with more than Reciprocity by the USA Trade must be fair and no longer one way street!” Trump said on his Twitter account.
The United States is insisting that all countries that have placed artificial Trade Barriers and Tariffs on goods going into their country, remove those Barriers & Tariffs or be met with more than Reciprocity by the U.S.A. Trade must be fair and no longer a one way street!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2018
For the US leader, trade must be fair. However, the statement adds to the actions taken by the Trump government in recent months.
During this period, the United States announced a series of tariffs on imports from other states, particularly China. The tariffs on steel and aluminum generated a political crisis, and the negotiations became private between the countries. Trump has even withdrawn those tariffs on some partner countries.
The protectionist stance was evident at the G7 summit earlier this month when the president staged the debates holding the stance “America First”.