‘Ready for a deal’

Muscat Daily - - BUSINESS -

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.

Don­ald Trump

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