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Trump says commerce secretary will talk tariffs with EU

AP  |  Washington 

said today his will talk to the about tariffs Trump argues have been unfair to the

Trump wrote on Twitter: "will be speaking with representatives of the about eliminating the large Tariffs and Barriers they use against the U.S.A. Not fair to our farmers and manufacturers."

The announced last week that the would impose heavy tariffs on imported and aluminum, with some countries potentially exempted. Amid fears of a global trade war, the 28-member is among those seeking exemptions.

The Commerce Department did not respond immediately to a request for information about any planned meetings between Ross and EU officials.

Asked about Trump's tweet, the EU in a statement said that "no further meetings as such are planned at the moment."

US Trade Rep. met Saturday with to discuss the tariffs and the exemption procedures. Malmstroem said she got "no immediate clarity on the exact US procedure."

Over the weekend, Trump argued that the US has been abused economically by the EU, saying they were "wonderful countries who treat the US very badly on trade."

According to an EU statement, the average EU tariff is 3 per cent, not much more than the United States' average 2.4 per cent. The EU imposes a ten per cent tariff on cars, versus America's 2.5 per cent.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 03:50 IST