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EU Blasts Trump Trade Policy for ‘Crisis’ at WTO, Risk to Growth

  • The bloc’s envoy to World Trade Organization speaks in Geneva
  • Vanheukelen says the EU is ‘eager’ for U.S. to propose reforms
A tugboat guides a cargo ship into the Port of Long Beach in Long Beach, California.

A tugboat guides a cargo ship into the Port of Long Beach in Long Beach, California.

Photographer: Tim Rue/Bloomberg

The European Union’s ambassador to the World Trade Organization, Marc Vanheukelen, said on Monday that he had hoped Donald Trump’s protectionist promises on the campaign would end before he entered the White House. “Unfortunately,” he said, “rhetoric has turned into reality.”

“The repercussions of tariffs and other restrictions are being felt at the heart of this organization,” Vanheukelen said on Monday at the U.S. trade policy review at the WTO in Geneva. “The multilateral trading system is in a deep crisis and the United States is at its epicenter.”