US President Donald Trump discussed trade practices with China in calls on Tuesday with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to the White House.
Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Emmanuel Macron of France statement said, President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Emmanuel Macron of France. Both leaders expressed support for the West’s strong response to Russia’s chemical weapons attack in Salisbury, United Kingdom, including the expulsion of numerous Russian intelligence officers on both sides of the Atlantic. President Trump stressed the need to intensify cooperation with Turkey with respect to shared strategic challenges in Syria. The two leaders also discussed trade practices between the United States and European Union and the next steps in addressing China’s unfair trade practices.
It said Trump and Merkel also discussed “joining forces to counter” China’s economic practices and acquisition of intellectual property. Speaking with Macron, Trump pushed to intensify cooperation with Turkey on Syria, the statement said. The leaders of the US and France also supported the West’s “strong response” to Russia, including expulsion of Russian diplomats, after the UK’s chemical weapons attack accusations,according to media reports.