The European Union (EU) will try to convince American President Donald Trump to see “the error of his ways” and abandon some of his “reckless” trade policies, Europe’s incoming trade commissioner says.
“Mr. Trump certainly has indicated his clear preference for trade wars rather than trade agreements. If he keeps up this particular dynamic of protectionism, I expect that the European Union will continue to forge deals around the world,” Phil Hogan said on Tuesday.
Hogan, 59, who is currently the European commissioner for agriculture and rural development, will take up his new post as the European commissioner for trade on November 1.
The European bloc is keen to champion the rules-based global trading system currently under attack from Washington, and vulnerable to the persisting trade war between the US and China.
“But obviously we are going to do everything we possibly can to get Mr. Trump to see the error of his ways and hopefully that he will be able to abandon some of the reckless behavior that we have seen from him in relation to his relationship with China and describing the European Union as a security risk,” Hogan further said.
Hogan said that the EU knew that Beijing had to make certain changes to its behavior but added that the US president’s actions were clearly not improving the economic situation in either the US or China.
Ever since taking office in 2017, Trump has repeatedly vowed to reduce US trade deficits with other countries, calling out India, China, and a number of European countries for their high tariffs.
The American leader has put tariffs on 250 billion dollars of Chinese goods, as well as on most foreign steel and aluminum, solar panels, and washing machines. They were meant to make US-made goods cheaper than those of foreign competitors’ and incentivize consumers to buy American goods.