United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday hit out at India over tariffs imposed on US products on what he called “no longer acceptable.”
Trump’s latest tweet is in line with what he did a few weeks ago ahead of his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 Summit in Osaka in Japan.
India has long had a field day putting Tariffs on American products. No longer acceptable!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2019
The tweet comes at a time of emerging trade war between the two economies over import tariffs and after the Modi government imposed retaliatory tariffs on 28 US products.
Trump had hit out at India time and again after the move. Tariffs were raised on products including almond, pulses and walnut, exported from the US.
This was in retaliation to America’s withdrawal of preferential access for Indian products.
The ties between the two nations have become much sourer since Trump announced the withdrawal of decades-old preferential trade status for India.
This trade status allowed India to sell goods worth $5.6 billion duty-free.
Remember, ahead of Trump’s meeting with PM Modi on June 27 at the G20 Summit in Osaka, he had tweeted, “I look forward to speaking with Prime Minister Modi 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This is unacceptable and the Tariffs must be withdrawn!”
Last month, during US State Secretary Mike Pompeo’s visit, both nations had acknowledged there were issues on trade and both committed themselves to remove the differences.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar had on record said after the meeting that both the countries should take “constructive and pragmatic view” on the issues concerning to trade.