Donald Trump Says "Tarrif King" India Wants Trade Deal With US

Donald Trump Says "Tarrif King" India Wants Trade Deal With US

Donald Trump Says "Tarrif King" India Wants Trade Deal With US (file image)

New Delhi: Today, at a press conference, the US President Donald Trump said that India wants to start trade talks with the US "immediately". The POTUS held the press conference to announce a trade deal struck between the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Mr Trump slammed India for "high tariffs" on American products and said that India wanted the trade deal primarily "to keep him happy", news agency PTI reported. He also listed out trade deals that are under negotiations, including with Japan, European Union, China and India.

India was described as a "tariff king" by Mr Trump as he reiterated his allegations that New Delhi has a high tariff rate on various American products.

Mr Trump said that after he warned against imposing similar tariffs on import of Indian products, Indian negotiators called him that they want to have a trade deal with the US.

News agency PTI reported that the negotiations is being carried out by the US Trade Representatives Robert Lighthizer.

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Last week, Mr Trump had said India wants to have a trade deal with the US because it does not want him to retaliate.

The President of the US has often accused India of imposing 100 per cent tariffs on American products. "We have a country, take India. Good relationship. They want to make a deal now because they don't want me to do what I'm going to do, with I have to. So, they (Indians) call us. They didn't want to make a deal with anybody else," he had said.

Mr Trump had last month said that India wanted a trade deal with the US despite the US administration's tough stance on the issue. "Take India. You talk about free trade. So, let's say they (Indians) charge us 60 per cent tariff on a product. And for the same product when they send it in (America), we charge them nothing. So now I want to charge them 25 per cent or 20 or 10 or something," he had said.

A major trade battle has been fought between the US and China, with both imposing tariffs and counter-tariffs on a range of high-volume goods.

(With inputs from AFP, PTI)

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