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Trump: EU, Japan Must Treat US Better On Trade If They Want Tariff Exemptions. (03/13/2018)

Bloomberg News (3/10, Strauss) reported President Trump on Saturday tweeted, “The European Union, wonderful countries who treat the U.S. very badly on trade, are complaining about the tariffs on Steel & Aluminum. If they drop their horrific barriers & tariffs on U.S. products going in, we will likewise drop ours. Big Deficit. If not, we Tax Cars etc. FAIR!” According to Bloomberg, Trump’s tweets came after European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom and Japanese Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko met with USTR Lighthizer for what Malmstrom later “called ‘frank’ but fruitless talks.”

According to The Hill (3/10, Greenwood), “Trump has fielded calls with a number of foreign leaders in recent days,” including Abe, French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Argentinian President Mauricio Macri, and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, as the Administration “seeks to contain potential fallout from Trump’s decision to impose stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.”