India wants to start trade talks with US 'immediately': Trump

US president describes the south Asian country as 'tariff king'


Afp October 01, 2018
US President Donald Trump speaks from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, as he makes remarks on the United States Mexico Canada Agreement on October 1, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Monday said India wanted to start trade talks with the United States "immediately" as he held a news conference on the trade deal struck between the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Describing the south Asian country as the "tariff king," the president told reporters at the White House that India "called us and they say, 'We want to start negotiations immediately.'"

Known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the deal agreed ahead of a midnight deadline Sunday will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which Trump had called a "disaster."

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