WASHINGTON: A single, censorious tweet by US PresidentDonald Trumphas cast his shadow on his upcoming meeting with Prime MinisterNarendra Modiat theG20 Summitin Osaka, Japan, highlighting the uncertainty in the bilateral ties of trade with a obsessed leader of temperamental quirks at the expense of broader strategic vision
“I look forward to speaking with Prime Minister Modi about the fact that India, for years having put too high tariffs against the United States, just recently increased the tariffs even further. This is unacceptable and the tariffs must be withdrawn!” Trump tweeted as he headed out to Japan where leaders of the world’s 19 most economically weighted countries and the EU are meeting in an annual get-together
I look forward to speaking with Prime Minister Modi about the fact that India, for years having been very high Tarif … https://t.co/w28hIF3jbi
Trump’s Continued Pique Over Trade Issues With India Overshadowed Efforts By His Secretary Of StateMike PompeoWho, During A Stopover In New Delhi, Emphasized The Strategic Dimension OfUS-India TiesWhile Suggesting Differences In Trade Issues Are Something That Can Be Lived With When They can not overcome
But Trump has consistently undercut his Cabinet officials’ efforts to continue a stableUS foreign policyand maintaining good ties with allies and partners, along with petrolant outbursts over comparable issues like tariffs onHarley Davidsonmotorcycles, while, in the eyes of analysts, ignoring the big picture
In an oblique swipe at Trump’s messaging, which some commentators saw as a pressure tactic before his meeting with Modi, India’s new external affairs minister S. Jaishankar tweeted, “India-US relations are guided by the Big Picture- the vision is set by our leaders , PM Modi & President Trump in 2017. Specific issues will arise and they will be considered within the framework of this big picture. We agree to filter out the noise & work on our solid relationship.
India-US relations are guided by the Big Picture- the Vision set out by our leaders, PM Modi & President Trump in 20 … https://t.co/40d4vdLMmG
– Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar)1561545976000
However the Trump who purportedly set the “Big Picture Vision” is a frequent victim of the trump who has an obsessive compulsive disorder when it comes to trade. He has repeatedly twitted Modi over Twitter on trade issues even when affirming his friendship Although the United States of America is a relatively small business partner.
That friendship will be put to test when the two leaders meet in bilaterally in Osaka in an engagement for which schedulers appear to have left a 40-minute slot, sandwiched between a 20-minute triple meeting between Trump, Modi and Japanese Prime MinisterShinzo Abe, and another bilateral with German ChancellorAngela Merkel.
In fact, along with India, Japan and Germany were also subjected to a trump twitter-lashing ahead of the summit. He complained that under the existing treaty provisions, if the United States were attacked, Japan would only “watch it on a Sony television,” and he called Germany a security freeloader.
“Let me start off with general statement – almost all countries in this world take tremendous advantage (of the US)”, Fox Business on a phone interview during a trump complaint. Many US analysts and historians have pointed out that Trump is either not know or ignores historical events related to World War Two that compelled Germany and Japan to accept US security umbrella.
The President’s critics also pointed out that in contrast with his rants against allies and partners, Trump refrained from any criticism of Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin, who are accused of manipulating the 2016 US presidential election to favor Trump, and Saudi Arabia, whose leader is said to be responsible for the death of a dissident columnist and who has close business ties with the Trump family.
Trump’s critique of India’stariffhike ignored, willfully or otherwise, the basis for it: New Delhi raised raised tariffs on 28 states of import in retaliation to the US increase in aluminum and steel on tariffs, and more than its preferred preferential trade status $ 5 billion in imports from India