WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump denied he was planning to withdraw the United States from the World Trade Organisation (WTO). “I’m not talking about pulling out,” he told reporters on Air Force One, when asked about reports he was planning an exit from the global trading body. Trump has branded the WTO a disaster and flouted international trade norms by hitting key allies with stinging tariffs and imposing crippling fee on Chinese goods in the name of US national security. US news website Axios cited sources saying Trump had repeatedly told his top officials he wanted to exit the world body, which Washington helped design and most often ruled in favour of the US when Washington brought cases before it.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 1st, 2018.
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