Johnson urges Trump to lift Scotch whisky tariffs

Trump, Johnson in Phone Call Commit to ‘Robust’ US-UK Trade Deal After Brexit - White House

Trump, Johnson in Phone Call Commit to ‘Robust’ US-UK Trade Deal After Brexit - White House

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (local time) held a phone conversation with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over issues related to trade and tariffs ahead of an upcoming summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) that is scheduled to take place in London next month.

Boris Johnson has urged Donald Trump to lift tariffs on Scotch whisky over concerns the newly imposed U.S. tax could wipe £1 billion off single malt sales over the next year. The UK government believes that the tariff on Scotch Whisky by the U.S. affects £1 billion of single malt sales.

On the other hand, the statement released by the White House did not provide any information regarding the tariff discussion between the two leaders.

"The 2 leaders again reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the Special Relationship through a robust bilateral free trade agreement once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union", deputy press secretary Judd Deere said.

The US imposed tariffs on a record $7.5bn worth of European Union goods on 18 October, with Airbus, French wine and Scotch whiskies among the high-profile targets.

The Trump government has also threatened to impose duties on imports of European cars and auto parts. The Trump office might implement the renewed tariff plan from November 14.

The tariffs have already been delayed once by six months, and trade experts say that could happen again.

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