Trump doubles down on trade war with India



Joanna Slater | The Washington Post

President Trump believes trade wars are good and easy to win. Now he has a new target firmly in his sights: India.

En route to the Group of 20 summit in Japan on Thursday, Trump lobbed a fresh salvo at India, a country the United States has sought to cultivate as a friend and strategic partner.

Trump tweeted that he was looking forward to speaking with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the summit “about the fact that India, for years having put very high Tariffs against the United States, just recently increased the Tariffs even further. This is unacceptable and the Tariffs must be withdrawn!”

Trump’s tweet came only a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the Indian capital of New Delhi with the goal of calming tensions between the world’s two largest democracies, which include a nascent trade war.

During his visit, Pompeo called for a “new age of ambition” in ties between India and the United States. But his talks with Indian officials did not generate tangible progress to bridge differences over trade.

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