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Trump accuses India of charging 100 per cent tariff on some imports

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

has taken a swipe at along with the world's other top economies and accused of charging 100 per cent on some of the US' goods, as he threatened to cut trade ties with countries who are robbing

Trump made the remarks in Canada's where he was attending the summit that ended in farce after he abruptly rejected the text of a consensus statement and bitterly insulted the host.

"We're like the piggybank that everybody is robbing," Trump said while addressing a press conference on Saturday.

He also made a reference to India, indicating that his grievances on tariffs was not restricted to the developed economies alone.

"This isn't just I mean, we have India, where some of the tariffs are 100 per cent. A hundred per cent. And we charge nothing. We can't do that. And so we are talking to many countries," Trump said.

Trump has repeatedly raked up the issue of imposing high import duty on the iconic motorcycles and threatened to increase the import on "thousands and thousands" of Indian motorcycles to the US.

"We're talking to all countries. And it's going to stop. Or we'll stop trading with them. And that's a very profitable answer, if we have to do it," Trump warned before leaving for where he is scheduled to hold a much publicised summit with North Korean Leader tomorrow.

His remarks came at a time when the India-US relationship has been on a positive trajectory for years. For example, bilateral trade expanded by USD 11 billion last year to more than USD 125 billion, a new record.

Trump called for a tariff-free

"That's the way it should be. No tariffs, no barriers. That's the way it should be," he said. "And no subsidies. I even said no tariffs," he said.

Trump, who is pushing his 'First' policy, said his ultimate goal was the elimination of all trade duties.

"Ultimately that's what you want," he said. "You want a free. You want no barriers. And you want no subsidies. Because you have some cases where countries are subsidizing industries and that's not fair."

and the US have averted a trade war by reaching an agreement last month under which has agreed to "significantly increase" its purchases of American goods and services to reduce USD 375 billion trade deficit with

The top trading partners of the US are upset over recent imposition of a 25 per cent tariff on import of and 15 per cent on aluminum.

The US has said that the best way to solve trade disputes was by lowering tariff and non-tariff barriers by countries and allowing the free market to operate.

Under Trump, trade dispute between and the US has increased, with his administration asking to lower its trade barriers and open up its market.

However, unlike countries like China, and and those from Europe, India is not on top of the trade issues for the

Trump said the US pays tremendous tariffs on from Canada, for instance 270 per cent on some products. "We don't want to pay anything. Why should we pay?," he asked.

Trump blamed the previous American leadership for this.

"It's got to change. It's going to change. I mean, it's not a question of 'I hope it changes.' It's going to change, a hundred percent. And tariffs are going to come way down, because people cannot continue to do that," he added.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 17:20 IST