White House adviser says India must lower tariffs on U.S. products

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White House trade adviser Peter Navarro gives an interview with Fox News as U.S. stocks plummet, outside of the White House in Washington, U.S. December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis/Files

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is “engaged” with India on trade issues but wants India to lower its tariffs, White House trade and economic adviser Peter Navarro said on Wednesday (Dec. 18, 2019).

“We’re engaged with India,” Navarro told Fox Business Network in an interview.

“We’ve got to get India … to lower their tariffs and make nice with their trade,” he added.

The two countries have been locked in trade disputes for months, slapping higher tariffs on each other’s products, including steel.

India’s trade minister in October said the broad outlines of a deal had been worked out, but Navarro on Wednesday gave no details about where talks or any U.S.-India trade agreement stood.

U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration have notched two long-sought trade wins this month, finalizing a long-sought pact with Mexico and Canada and announcing plans to ink a “phase one” trade deal with China next month.

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