“During a private meeting at the White House in late April, Trump was discussing trade with French President Emmanuel Macron. At one point, he asked Macron, “Why don’t you leave the E.U.?” and said that if France exited the union, Trump would offer it a bilateral trade deal with better terms than the E.U. as a whole gets from the United States, according to two European officials. The White House did not dispute the officials’ account, but declined to comment,” the news agency informs.
According to the news agency, during Macron’s visit to Washington at the end of April the Presidents discussed the issue of customs duties on steel and aluminum.
Donald Trump, the U.S. President, signed a decree on imposing of import duties for metal and aluminum in the amount of 25% and 10%, but a number of countries, including the European states and Canada, got a respite. Later, on May 31 these exceptions were canceled.
The European Union claimed it would take counter measures. In particular, the EU and Canada filed complaints to the World Trade Organization. Besides, on June 20 it was reported that the European Commission approved the imposition of the duties on goods imported from the U.S. of $2,8 billion total cost.