Trump and Macron Discuss the Commercial Relationship Between the US and the EU

Trump and macron discuss the commercial relationship between the US and the EU. “France is doing very well, we are doing very well, and we are doing well together, which is important,” said Donald Trump at the beginning of his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.

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President Donald Trump (left), and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron (right), met at the White House, in Washington DC, in April 2018.

President Donald Trump met Monday with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, and talked with him about trade issues, at a time of growing contacts between the United States and the European Union (EU) to resolve their tensions over the theme.

In a bilateral meeting with Macron on the margins of the UN General Assembly, Trump celebrated his good relationship with the French president and recalled the “magnificent” visit that both made to the Eiffel Tower in Paris last year.

“We have had very good experiences, sometimes not so good, but in 99% of cases, very good, France is doing very well, we are doing very well, and we are doing well together, which is important, ” Trump told reporters at the beginning of the meeting.

The president said he would talk to the French about “trade”, something that Macron reiterated, but neither gave more details.

Relations between the US and the European Union (EU) are not going through their best, following Trump’s decision to end the exemption of tariffs on steel and aluminum from its European partners and the subsequent response from Brussels.

In addition, Trump has repeatedly threatened to impose a 20% tax on all imports of vehicles arriving in the US from the EU, a movement that has not settled well on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Trump even said in early July that Brussels is “possibly as bad as China” on trade issues with the United States, even though his country spends “a fortune on NATO to protect them.”

However, EU and US delegations met this month in Brussels with the desire to move together towards “zero tariffs” and maintain a positive commercial relationship.

Trump also met on Monday with the president of Egypt, Abdelfatah al Sisi, and congratulated him on his efforts to fight terrorism, in particular, the fight against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, which, according to the US president, is “in the final stretch”.

 

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