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Trump denies pulling out of WTO; says it treats US 'very badly'

Donald Trump, WTO, US

Washington : President Donald Trump has denied that he is planning to withdraw the US from the World Trade Organisation, but accused the global trade body of treating America "very badly". Trump's remarks came amid reports that he has told his top officials that he wants to withdraw the US from the WTO.

"We've been treated very badly by the WTO...It's a very, very unfair situation. When you look at the WTO, that's where China emerged, when they joined the WTO,” Trump told reporters. Asked about reports that he is considering withdrawing from the WTO, Trump said, "I'm not talking about pulling out. I'm saying they haven't treated us fairly. We have not been treated fairly."

"We have been treated very badly. We have lost many, many cases over the years...We've had minority judges..we've had a minority position in judges. The WTO has to start treating the United States fairly because they have not treated us fairly," he said. Trump is a longtime critic of the WTO. He often complains that the world trade body is biased against the US. He also reiterated his allegations that other nations had taken advantage of the US because of bad negotiating by past presidents. PTI

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