Trump’s administration transmitted a clear signal that will not more accept the existing trade norms

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The White House sent a clear signal that it would not accept existing trade norms. Several European officials and one former U.S. official who had attended past G-20 meetings said it was the first time the United States had blocked such an effort. Trump also made opposition to free trade a cornerstone of his presidential campaign and pulled the United States out of a sweeping Asia trade deal shortly after taking office. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said the United States was at an “impasse” with others about what they should say on trade protectionism, so they decided to say nothing at all. He added that “sometimes at such meetings you cannot reach all the results that you may want to achieve because you cannot force partners to go along with wording they are not happen with.” The final agreement, which contained just a brief generic reference, saying “we are working to strengthen the contribution of trade to our economies.”

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