U.S. President Donald Trump, center, speaks while Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, left, listens during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.
New negotiations with the European Union could be an alternative to imposing tariffs on automotive imports next month, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has suggested in an interview with the Financial Times published on Wednesday.
Ross dismissed criticism of the step, saying the tariffs were not imposed unilaterally and that the measure was taken with the "full support" of the World Trade Organization.
Commenting separately on trade talks with China, Ross said China was following through "in good faith" on assurances given in October to press ahead with large purchases of U.S. farm products.
"The deadlines are within our control, we can shorten them, we can lengthen them, we can do whatever - at this point they are being treated separately and independently from the trade talks," Ross said.