British Prime Minister Johnson phoned and urged U.S. President Trump to lift tariffs on goods, including Scotch Whiskey
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday held a phone call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. They discussed issues related to trade and tariffs. The phone call came ahead of an upcoming North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) summit scheduled in London in December.
“The two leaders again reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the Special Relationship through a robust bilateral free trade agreement once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union,” the White House said.
Trump, during the phone call with PM Johnson, also stressed the need for NATO allies to robustly fund their defenses.
Meanwhile, UK President Johnson urged the U.S. President Trump to “lift tariffs on goods, including Scotch Whiskey.”
He also urged President Trump not to impose tariffs on car exports ahead of a U.S. decision on additional tariffs.
The Prime Minister, at the same time, further welcomed the U.S. operation in Syria. The military op led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Johnson also stressed the “ongoing importance” of the fight against the terror outfit.
Boris Johnson said he looked forward to the NATO Leaders’ Meeting next month. Trump and Johnson also “agreed on the need for burden-sharing and for NATO to prepare for future threats.”
Trump spoke on a British radio show last week. The President said a trade deal between Washington and London would be impossible after Brexit. Furthermore, he raised a flag on the withdrawal terms PM Johnson reached with the European Union.
US President Donald Trump is expected to visit London early December to attend the NATO Leaders’ Meeting. However, he has repeatedly complained about NATO allies’ free-riding on the U.S. military,