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Donald Trump under en pressekonferanse under G7 i Quebec den 9. juni 2018. Foto: Leah Millis / Reuters / Scanpix.

 

Under G7-møtet i Quebec lørdag kom USAs president Donald Trump med et dobbelt utspill som på den ene siden er et forslag, og på den andre siden et ris bak speilet.

Ifølge New York Times foreslo Trump på den ene siden å fjerne alle tollrestriksjoner, mens han på den annen side truet med å avslutte ethvert handelssamkvem med parter som ikke har rettferdige handelsforbindelser med USA:

President Trump said on Saturday that he had brought up with America’s closest allies the dramatic prospect of completely eliminating tariffs on goods and services, even as he threatened to end all trade with his counterparts if they didn’t stop what he said were unfair trade practices.

Speaking to reporters at the end of a contentious weekend meeting of the Group of 7 nations in a resort town outside of Quebec City, Mr. Trump said that eliminating all trading barriers would be “the ultimate thing.” But he railed about what he called “ridiculous and unacceptable” tariffs on American goods and vowed to get rid of them.

Etter den amerikanske presidentens oppfatning er USA en sparegris som alle andre plyndrer, men dette vil ta slutt:

“It’s going to stop. Or we’ll stop trading with them. And that’s a very profitable answer, if we have to do it,” Mr. Trump said, adding, “We’re like the piggy bank that everybody’s robbing, and that ends.”

Trump advarer USAs handelspartnere mot å iverksette mottiltak:

“If they retaliate, they’re making a mistake,” Mr. Trump said, suggesting that the trade imbalance between the United States and those countries would make tariff increases more destructive for their economies.

Mr. Trump said some of the other leaders he met with during the Group of 7 summit appeared to admit that their trade arrangements with the United States were unfair.

The Donald må altså sies å ha veltet bordet i Quebec.

Spørsmålet er om de andre kan foreta seg stort. USA er verdens største forbruksmarked, med en årlig omsetning på ca. 13.000 milliarder dollar, og dessuten verdens største importmarked, med en verdi på over 2300 milliarder dollar.