LONDON – The European Union and Canada are among the biggest supporters of President Donald Trump’s trade and investment policies.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told CNBC on Monday that he has been lobbying the White House to ease restrictions on imports of U.S. agricultural products from Canada and Mexico.
He also urged the Trump administration to move to ease some trade barriers, including a ban on U.K. dairy imports, a policy Trump has sought to reverse.
The European Union’s chief executive, Jean-Marc Ayrault, said he wants the U.N. trade body to adopt a trade policy that would help keep the U., Britain and other EU members from leaving the bloc in a “bad situation.”
The European Commission’s trade policy has a “clear objective of helping our Member States and the EU in the fight against climate change,” Ayraut told CNBC.
A similar policy for trade with Mexico and China would help both sides in the U, Britain and others, he said.
Canada’s chief trade negotiator, Gerard Deltell, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that the U:re going to have to be more assertive.
He said Trump needs to be tougher than he was on the U-2.
Deltell also warned that U. S. tariffs on China’s products will be increased if it does not move more aggressively to free trade.
Delays on the Trans Pacific Partnership, which would create a trade bloc for countries like the U.-2, are expected to cost U.s. exporters more than $1 trillion over a decade.
A trade pact between the U and Japan is expected to be signed by Trump later this month.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.