Trump blasts India over tariffs



US will no longer accept India’s tariffs on US products, Trump stated in a tweet on Tuesday. From June 16, India decided to impose additional customs duties on 29 US products, after extending the deadline a number of times. Tariff imposed by India on 29 American products drew the ire of US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, who said that Washington will no longer accept India’s move.


In a tweet, Trump said, India has long had a field day putting Tariffs on American products. No longer acceptable. India decided to impose additional customs duties on 29 US products including almond, walnut, and pulses  with effect from June 16. The decision was taken after Delhi extended the deadline several times.


The move has hurt American exporters of these 29 items as they must pay duties on these products. New Delhi’s move is in retaliation to the US decision to significantly hike Customs duties on certain steel and aluminium products from India.


Moreover,  Donald Trump’s refusal to deal with the UK ambassador following the leak of his frank assessment of the US president’s chaotic rule raises a big question: can the countries’ much-vaunted special relationship survive. The Mail on Sunday’s publication of Ambassador Kim Darroch’s confidential cables set off a furious Trump Twitter storm.

Darroch had called Trump inept and his administration uniquely dysfunctional. Trump tweeted back that Darroch is not liked or well thought of within the US We will no longer deal with him. He also welcomed the good news that Prime Minister Theresa May was stepping down in two weeks. All of which creates another headache for UK politicians during a tumultuous period in which they must decide how or even if Britain will leave the EU on October 31.

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