As U.S.-China trade fight escalates, Trump formally announces trade negotiations with E.U., U.K. and Japan
The Trump administration formally launched trade talks with the European Union, Britain and Japan on Tuesday as the president looks to expand his “America First” trade policy.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer sent Congress three letters Tuesday notifying lawmakers that Trump and his team are going to negotiate trade deals with those governments. The move was widely expected — Trump has been discussing trade with E.U., British and Japanese leaders for months. But giving notice to Congress signals an intent to make wide-ranging free-trade agreements with those countries and a commitment to keep pursuing deals around the globe even as Trump escalates his fight with China.