"WTO's treated the United States very badly and I hope they change their ways", Trump told reporters of the current state of affairs between the USA and WTO.
He's put billions upon billions of dollars worth of tariffs on goods coming from the European Union into the United States.
This afternoon, the Prime Minister met Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands for a working lunch at the Catshuis in the Hague. And a lot of good things are happening.
Rutte also said the two leaders had made progress on the issue of U.S. passport checks at Schiphol airport, which is part of Trump's plan to restrict migration by vetting passengers before they board the plane.
'My point is: scrap the tariffs that are on the table now and let's start talking, ' he said.
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In light of recent challenges to the global rules based system, the Prime Minister thanked Prime Minister Rutte for his support in holding those responsible to account following the attack in Salisbury. And if we do work it out, that'll be positive.
"It's not positive", finished Rutte. He doesn't understand the impact that tariffs actually have, both on other countries and here in the United States.
Most state leaders would avoid saying "no" to President Donald Trump in a room full of reporters. Because, we know how fragile Donald Trump's ego is.
About a minute into his remarks, Trump suggested that leaving the trade dispute unresolved could still be "positive".
Trump again denied plans to withdraw the USA from the WTO but told reporters in the Oval Office that the trade organization needed to change its ways. Trump has threatened to raise the tariff on cars imported from the EU to 20% as a reaction to new European tariffs on a range of goods from jeans to whiskey, which were themselves imposed after the USA increased tariffs on aluminium and steel.