President Donald Trump offered a veiled threat to the World Trade Organization on Monday, warning during a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte that if the WTO doesn't treat the U.S. Trump is also threatening to impose tariffs on vehicles. Everything is going great and then everything suddenly started not going great, as pretty much everyone could have expected, because Donald Trump during this meeting, during the time when they're both sitting in their chairs and you have the media all around them, taking the pictures and asking questions, Trump starts to talk about tariffs, right?
"Just think about those cars that pour in here", Trump continued.
"If we do work it out, that will be positive", Trump said.
About a minute into his remarks, Trump suggested that leaving the trade dispute unresolved could still be "positive". Rutte, however, was having none of it.
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.
"It's not positive", he said.
Mr. Trump referred to upcoming discussions between the US and the European Union on trade deals, joking that any outcome would be a positive one. "We will work something out".
Nonetheless, the embarrassing photo-op for the president ended on a rather good note.
Rutte later emphasized the importance of their joint cooperation, noting how "the relationship between the Netherlands and the United States is over 400 years old". In March, the Dutch leader told reporters that Trump's decision to impose a global steel and aluminum tax was "very disappointing", adding that the European Union had "to make clear we are prepared to take countermeasures".
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