PM meeting with Prime Minister Mark Rutte: 3 July 2018

PM meeting with Prime Minister Mark Rutte: 3 July 2018

US President Donald Trump has issued a veiled threat to the World Trade Organisation, warning if it does not treat the US "properly" that "we will be doing something".

Trump was meeting with Rutte in the Oval Office, where the two leaders were expected to discuss next week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meetings in Brussels.

Rutte, a liberal straight-shooter known for mopping up his own coffee spills and cycling to the royal palace in Amsterdam, met with Trump amid rising trade tensions between the United States and the European Union, of which the Netherlands is a member. And if we do work it out, that'll be positive.

However, on the issue of trade Rutte said the U.S. risked destabilising transatlantic relations by setting punitive tariffs. Trump said, talking on behalf of his Dutch counterpart.

At the start of Monday's photo-op, Mr. Trump quipped to Mr. Rutte that it felt like the "Academy Awards" as the cameras flashed, The Daily Caller reported.

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Rutte also said the two leaders had made progress on the issue of USA passport checks at Schiphol airport, which is part of Trump's plan to restrict migration by vetting passengers before they board the plane. "We have to work something out".

The Prime Minister then made the case for an ambitious economic and security partnership with the European Union.

"Well, just think about those cars that pour in here, and we'll do something, right?"

Rutte pointed out that reciprocal investment by both countries supported 825,000 jobs in the United States and 250,000 posts in the Netherlands. "We have always been friends, always been friendly, working closely together".

Trump fired back soon after on Twitter, addressing both leaders directly, saying they were charging "massive tariffs" on US goods and had erected other trade barriers.

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