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UK PM Johnson to tell Trump to de-escalate trade tensions

EconomyAug 24, 2019 12:19PM ET
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BIARRITZ, France (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday he would tell President Donald Trump at this weekend's G7 summit to pull back from a trade war that is already destabilizing economic growth around the world.

Johnson and Trump are due to meet on Sunday morning for what are expected to be positive talks on their countries' future bilateral trade relations and Brexit, as well as covering international topics where the two sides do not see eye to eye, like Russia, the Iran nuclear deal and trade policy on China.

Asked if he would be telling Trump he should not escalate the trade war with China, Johnson said "you bet".

Speaking to reporters on arrival in the southwestern French city of Biarritz, Johnson said one of his priorities for the summit was "clearly the state of global trade. I am very worried about the way it's going, the growth of protectionism, of tariffs that we're seeing".

A year-long trade war between the United States and China, the world's two largest economies, has roiled financial markets and shaken the global economy. The dispute worsened just ahead of the summit with Washington and Beijing announcing further tariffs.

"Don't forget that the UK is at risk of being implicated in this," Johnson said.

"This is not the way to proceed. Apart from everything else, those who support the tariffs are at risk of incurring the blame for the downturn in the global economy, irrespective of whether or not that is true.

"I want to see an opening up of global trade, I want to see a dialing down of tensions and I want to see tariffs come off."

UK PM Johnson to tell Trump to de-escalate trade tensions
 

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Al Vlaj
alvlaj Aug 25, 2019 7:00AM ET
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Do you think when Trump looks at Boris he thinks he is looking in a carnival funhouse mirror?
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Aug 25, 2019 12:57AM ET
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That will be the last time UK can presume to tell US to do anything. Once they're out of the EU they will come cap in hand to beg for scraps at our table.
Dee Morris
Dee Morris Aug 24, 2019 3:41PM ET
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Reuters should remove this dumb article and their writer should be supervised very closely so that an article like this will never be published again.
Jack Zhang
Jack_A Aug 24, 2019 2:21PM ET
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Johnson tells Trump? This must be a passive form
Andrew carson
Andrew carson Aug 24, 2019 2:10PM ET
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The UK Trump. lol
Dee Morris
Dee Morris Aug 24, 2019 2:00PM ET
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This is Funny-Please tell me what influence Boris J. has when dealing with Trump. B.J. is seen has a poor leader that no one listen s to. Funny article. Thanks.
Daniel Adler
Daniel Adler Aug 24, 2019 1:17PM ET
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It's not just a trading war between US-China, but a fight for global geopolitical supremacy.
Mart Bab
Rubberduck1973 Aug 24, 2019 12:58PM ET
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No deal with eu a maybe a deal with soon to be declining us, negosiated with the chosen one. Hahaha. Good luck mister Boris
Alex Mmmm
Alex Mmmm Aug 24, 2019 12:23PM ET
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This new generation has little to no memory of what communism is like and what the consequences are from letting it develop into monsters. it must be defeated at all costs.
Al Vlaj
alvlaj Aug 24, 2019 12:23PM ET
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And yet, Russian is getting stronger and stronger as a result of US and British politicians weakening the western world.
Alex Mmmm
Alex Mmmm Aug 24, 2019 12:21PM ET
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try doing business as an American in China. and you will run for covers!!!!!!
C Am F G
C Am F G Aug 24, 2019 12:18PM ET
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Yes. And the fact that Trump calling China ''thief'' is something invented just by Donald Trump. No expert has ever said China has caused damage to the US or any other country. But followers of Trump believe him blindly, whatever he says. If Trump said, the Earth is flat, most of his followers would believe that instantly. My symphaties go to China at the moment. Without doing anything wrong, they have become under a serious attack by one of the superpowers.
Jack Zhang
Jack_A Aug 24, 2019 12:18PM ET
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many people just believe their biased preconceptions without any evidence, as long as someone speaks out. What a sad society?!
Gabriel Evans
Gabriel Evans Aug 24, 2019 11:13AM ET
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Go ahead Boris, go right ahead. Oh man this is gong to be such an amusing and profitable week! Prehistoric bears will feast!
Hank Williams
Hank Williams Aug 24, 2019 11:01AM ET
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Trump is the best Republican the democrats could have put in office.
Jason Zou
Jason Zou Aug 24, 2019 10:46AM ET
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The art of the deal or steal, no matter what, all busted and all just trade war.
Hank Williams
Hank Williams Aug 24, 2019 10:35AM ET
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What! Tell the chosen one he is wrong. Getting better than General Hospital.
Brad Dover
Brad Dover Aug 24, 2019 9:59AM ET
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it is much too late now...investors and companies are not coming back until trump the madman is removed
Tumelo Mash
Tumelo Mash Aug 24, 2019 9:50AM ET
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Do you think if you give someone advice on how to run his house he would listen.... No he is going to be offended.. So please Boris leave the poor man alone his on drug he is eventually gonna die of overdose
 
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