‘Ready for a deal’
But on Monday he renewed his complaints about EU trade policy, even claiming improbably that the economic bloc ‘was really formed so they could treat us badly’.
“They have barriers that are incredible,” Trump said, adding, “They’re ready for a deal.”
Trump has focused on reducing the US trade deficit with the EU which amounted to US$178bn last year, excluding services, where American firms have an advantage.
While Washington and Brussels have agreed to pursue an ambitious deal to remove trade barriers and reduce tariffs, no details have emerged from the few meetings. And a major sticking point remains, since the EU has not agreed to include agricultural goods.