EU wants Trump to drop ‘reckless’ trade policies:

EU wants Trump to drop ‘reckless’ trade policies: incoming trade chief (Source Reuters) The European Union will seek to convince U.S President Donald Trump to see “the error of his ways” and abandon some of his “reckless” trade policies, the EU executive’s incoming trade commissioner, Phil Hogan, said on Tuesday. The new head of the executive European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, named a 27-strong team of commissioners on Tuesday who will take office on Nov. 1, assuming they secure approval from the European Parliament. Hogan, an Irishman currently in charge of agriculture at the Commission, will take up the post of trade commissioner, facing a battle to improve trade ties with the United States and establishing future economic relations with Britain after Brexit. “Mr Trump certainly has indicated his clear preference for trade wars rather than trade agreements. If he keeps up this particular dynamic of protectionism, I expect that the European Union will continue to forge deals around the world,” Hogan told Irish national broadcaster RTE. “But obviously we are going to do everything we possibly can to get Mr Trump to see the error of his ways and hopefully that he will be able to abandon some of the reckless behaviour that we have seen from him in relation to his relationship with China and describing the European Union as a security risk.”

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