U.S. mulling 'reciprocal tax' even on allies: Trump
Jiji -- Feb 14
U.S. President Donald Trump expressed willingness Monday to impose "a reciprocal tax" against countries having trade surplus with the United States, including allies such as Japan.

Meeting with state and local officials at the White House, Trump voiced frustration with the wide trade gaps with not only China but U.S. allies.

"We lose vast amounts of money with China and Japan and South Korea and so many other countries," Trump said. "Some of them are so-called 'allies,' but they're not allies on trade."

Complaining about some countries charging "50 and 75 pct" taxes on goods from the United States, Trump stressed he cannot tolerate such "unfair" tariffs. "So we're going to be doing very much a reciprocal tax," the president said. "And you'll be hearing about that during the week and during the coming months."

The envisaged tax will be charged against countries "that take advantage of the United States," Trump noted, adding that the tariff policy change will be "a little tough" for such countries as the three major Asian trade partners.

News source: Jiji
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