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Trump threatens 'tax' on countries that exploit US trade

AP  |  Washington 

threatened anew today to impose a "reciprocal tax" on countries that he says abuse their trade relationships with the US, promising to release more details this week.

But aides said no immediate action was expected.

Trump mentioned the plan during a meeting with a group of governors and local leaders who were invited to discuss the USD 1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal he sent to yesterday.

Trump has floated the idea of a reciprocal tax in the past, promising to slap it on countries, including allies, that take advantage of the

The also addressed ongoing negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement and complained that Canada, which is a party to that trade pact along with and the US, doesn't treat the US well. He also complained about Mexico's treatment of the US.

"We cannot continue to be taken advantage of by other countries," Trump said. "We cannot continue to let people come into our country and rob us blind, and charge us tremendous tariffs and taxes, and we charge them nothing. We cannot allow that to happen. We cannot allow it to happen."

He also complained about the US losing "vast amounts of money" in trade with China, Japan, and other countries.

"They understand where I'm coming from," Trump said, adding that he's talked with all of those country and "they understand it."

"It's a little tough for them, because they've gotten away with murder for 25 years," he said. "But we're going to be changing policy.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 07:50 IST