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The World Trade Organization said Thursday that it expects strong trade growth through this year and next but warned progress would be "undermined" if governments implement threatened protectionist measures. The WTO forecast a 4.4 percent growth in trade volume this year and a more moderate four percent expansion in 2019 . The Trump administration has expressed hostility toward the 164-member WTO – and the president has personally called it a "disaster," a "catastrophe," "unfair to the U.S.," and threatened a pullout.But Azevedo said that Washington's trade envoys have continued substantive engagement in WTO meetings and personally assured him that the U.S. views the Geneva-based organization as "an important institution".
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