In his remarks to questions on Saturday, Mr. Trump repeatedly insisted that the non-public discussions along with his counterparts had been optimistic, saying that “the connection that I’ve had with the folks, the leaders of those international locations has been — I might actually fee it on the dimensions of zero to 10, I might fee it a 10.”
But the president additionally repeatedly made clear his stage of anger in regards to the longstanding commerce insurance policies that he mentioned have harm America’s employees and undermined the nation’s nationwide safety by weakening America’s “balance sheet.”
Mr. Trump mentioned that the United States continues to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, which he has mentioned is among the worst commerce offers that the United States ever agreed to.
On Saturday, he mentioned that the United States might need to barter separate commerce offers with Mexico and Canada if they will’t attain a three-way settlement to make the broader commerce settlement honest for Americans.
But he repeatedly returned to his broader complaints about commerce practices around the globe, insisting that it was the fault of previous American leaders who had agreed to offers that benefited different international locations greater than the United States.
He complained that American dairy farmers had been being handled unfairly by Canada, saying that “the United States pays tremendous tariffs on dairy, as an example, 270 percent. Nobody knows that,” he mentioned “We don’t want to pay anything. Why should we pay?”
The president additionally mentioned that farmers within the United States had been harm for a very long time by commerce boundaries that made it more durable for them to promote their items to different international locations.