Trump issues WTO warning in meeting with Dutch leader

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Trump was meeting with Rutte in the Oval Office, where the two leaders were expected to discuss next week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meetings in Brussels. Immediately upon saying that for his tariffs are actually a positive, Prime Minister Rutte, and my apologies if I'm pronouncing his name incorrectly.

Rutte also said the two leaders had made progress on the issue of United States passport checks at Schiphol airport, which is part of Trump's plan to restrict migration by vetting passengers before they board the plane. But when the Dutch prime minister interjected, he made himself heard. He started to talk about why this is a good thing.

After a visit to the White House on Monday, Rutte told Nieuwsuur that it would be "very bad for America" if the continuing tit-for-tat levies spread to other goods.

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However, on the issue of trade Rutte said the USA risked destabilising transatlantic relations by setting punitive tariffs.

Rutte: It's not positive. "If we do work it out, it will be positive". "We are allies. We have always been friends, always been friendly, working closely together". "The relationship with USA and Netherlands is 400 years old".

Throughout the meeting, Trump also threatened the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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Mr Trump has requested his Commerce Department study whether to impose additional tariffs on cars, trucks and auto parts imported from Europe and other foreign markets, prompting a warning from the European Union that such an action could lead to retaliation on USA goods.

The Netherlands is the sixth-largest economy in the European Union, and the fifth-largest exporter of goods in the world, according to data from market research company Statista. Rutte asked Pres Trump, clearly in disbelief at the lack of decorum.

In light of recent challenges to the worldwide rules based system, the Prime Minister thanked Prime Minister Rutte for his support in holding those responsible to account following the attack in Salisbury. If Rutte is serious about representing the European Council, he will need to show that he can hold his own with Trump.

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