U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after signing a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, U.S. May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Trump's tweet Tuesday comes as he's scheduled to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Washington Wednesday for talks aimed at heading off a trade war, and as he continues to deal with domestic fallout from his deference to Russian President Vladimir Putin last week over Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.Trump has been critical of the EU over its $150 billion trade surplus with the U.S. But Europe is only one front in Trump's attacks on trading partners. Earlier this month, the president imposed 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods, with similar penalties on an additional $16 billion worth of products expected to go into effect shortly, and he's threatened an additional $200 billion tariff on Chinese goods.The European Union would expect the U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs to be dropped on European imports as part of any trade deal with the U.S. and the EU would in turn end retaliatory tariffs it imposed on U.S. imports, the European official said.
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