Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has spoken to Donald Trump, the US President, about growing concerns that a global trade war may erupt. It comes after Trump said that substantial tariffs would be imposed on a number of sectors, including on steel and aluminium.
The two leaders also discussed the situation in Syria, with the Prime Minister’s spokesperson saying:
“The Prime Minister had a telephone call with President Trump earlier today. They discussed Syria, and the appalling humanitarian situation in Eastern Ghouta. They agreed it was a humanitarian catastrophe, and that the overwhelming responsibility for the heart-breaking human suffering lay with the Syrian regime and Russia, as the regime’s main backer. They agreed that Russia and others with influence over the Syrian regime must act now to cease their campaign of violence and to protect civilians.
The Prime Minister raised our deep concern at the President’s forthcoming announcement on steel and aluminium tariffs, noting that multilateral action was the only way to resolve the problem of global overcapacity in all parties’ interests”.