U.S. President Donald Trump has looked down upon India’s decision to add higher tariffs on a slew of American goods, days before his trade officials are scheduled to start talks with their counterparts in the South Asian country.
President Trump said, “India has long had a field day putting tariffs on American products. No longer acceptable!”
Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had agreed to restart trade talks after they met at the Group of 20 summits in Japan.
A team from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is scheduled to visit New Delhi later this week for talks stalled earlier over tariffs and revoked trade preferences for India. The U.S. is also challenging India’s retaliatory tariffs in a new case at the World Trade Organization.
India imposed higher tariffs on almost 30 American products in response to Trump’s decision on June 1 to end trade concessions on $6.3 billion of Indian goods shipped to the U.S. India had repeatedly deferred imposing the new tariffs after announcing them last year as it kept the door open for talks to avert a trade war.