US Emphasized 'Strong Commitment' to WTO, IMF Says


According to Axios, a leaked draft of a Trump administration bill would "declare America's abandonment of fundamental WTO rules" by allowing POTUS to raise United States tariffs at will "without congressional consent and global rules be damned".

Founded in 1995 as a successor to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the WTO was meant to establish a general governance mechanism that would expedite global trade and litigate trade disputes through its arbitration body.

"As (Treasury) Secretary (Steven) Mnuchin and the President have said, that is not accurate that the U.S. is leaving the WTO (sic)", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at her daily news conference.

"The only way this would be news is if this were actual legislation that the administration was preparing to rollout, but it's not", she said. "The current system gives the USA no leverage and other countries no incentive".

Trump also said that his administration is discussing a trade deal with the European Union, which is planning penalties on U.S. goods in retaliation for Trump's tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

"We've made no secret of our view that there are some reforms needed at the WTO", Ross said.

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The same source added that for now Trump's aides have managed to "push back" against the idea of the U.S. leaving the WTO by ensuring that the country actually "does well" in the organization.

The bill, known as the United States Fair and Reciprocal Tariff Act, essentially provides Trump a license to raise USA tariffs at will, without congressional consent, Axios said.

At the same time, Beijing is reportedly pressing the European Union to form an anti-U.S. pact against Trump's trade policies.

Those statements follow the presidents comments about the bloc's treatment of trade deals with the U.S.

Since March 23, the United States has applied 25 percent tariffs on steel in all countries except Australia, Argentina, Brazil and South Korea. However, Congress is unlikely to approve the measure.

The submission said that tariffs on cars and vehicle parts could undermine USA auto production by imposing higher costs on US manufacturers. "American consumers pay for tariffs", Scaramucci said. Washington is conducting a national security study that could lead to tariffs on imported cars and vehicle parts.