United States president Donald Trump on Tuesday said that the imposition of tariffs on American products by India is no longer acceptable. “India has long had a field day putting Tariffs on American products. No longer acceptable!” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.
Trump had held a meeting with Narendra Modi during the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28. They had discussed issues on bilateral trade disputes and had agreed for a meeting of their commerce ministers to sort out issues.
President Trump, championing his ‘America First’ policy has been a vocal critic of India for levying “tremendously high” duties on US products, has described the country as a “tariff king”.
India has long had a field day putting Tariffs on American products. No longer acceptable!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2019
Before his meeting with Modi, Trump tweeted, “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 This is unacceptable and the Tariffs must be withdrawn!”
India has raised tariffs on 28 items, including almond, pulses and walnut, exported from the US in retaliation to America’s withdrawal of preferential access for Indian products.
Trump has also criticised India’s high import tariff on the iconic Harley Davidson motorcycles as “unacceptable”.
India’s exports to the US in 2017-18 stood at USD 47.9 billion, while imports were at USD 26.7 billion. The trade balance is in favour of India.