Washington: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday hit out at India, saying that it has long had a field day putting tariffs on American products. He asserted that it was “no longer acceptable.” Also Read - BJP Demands Deployment of Central Forces in West Bengal Ahead of Crucial Assembly Polls
Taking to Twitter, Trump wrote, “India has long had a field day putting Tariffs on American products. No longer acceptable!” Also Read - China Sanctions Trump Officials, Including Mike Pompeo, Hours After Biden Takes Over as President
The comment by Trump comes a week before the scheduled visit of senior officials of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to New Delhi to resume bilateral trade talks. Also Read - PM Modi, CMs to Get Coronavirus Vaccine Shot in Phase 2; Netas Above 50 Next
Assistance USTR team will be coming in the next few days to India and will meet MEA & MEITY officials.
In the past also, Trump has called India “Tariff King” and publicly raised the issue of “high tariffs” on many US products such as Harley Davidson motorbikes.
Last month, Donald Trump and Narendra Modi held bilateral talks in Japan on the sidelines of the G20 Summit.
In June, before the G20 Summit, Donald Trump had demanded that India withdraw its “high” tariffs. In a strong-worded message that ended with an exclamation mark, Trump had written, “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 This is unacceptable and the Tariffs must be withdrawn!”
The Indian government had slapped additional customs duties on 29 US products, including almond, walnut and pulses, in June this year. (With Inputs from Sidhant Sibal)