US President Donald Trump said Tuesday the US needs to stand up to India on the trade front.
In a tweet, Trump said: “India has long had a field day putting Tariffs on American products. No longer acceptable!”
Earlier this year, the Trump administration stripped India of a preferential status that exempted billions of dollars worth of products made there from US levies. “I have determined that India has not assured the United States that India will provide equitable and reasonable access to its markets,” Trump said in a proclamation.
India has tariffs on U.S. products such as Harley-Davidson motorcycles and US-grown apples, among others.
The latest escalation comes as the US tries to broker a trade deal with China. US officials are expected to meet with Chinese trade negotiators this week.