On the morning of 9 November 2016 it became clear that Donald Trump had succeeded in his bid to become the 45th president of the United States. During his campaign Donald Trump took a strongly negative line on international trade suggesting to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations and to put trade restrictions on Chinese imports.
FTA has always been a strong advocate for open, international trade – especially so in these times of complex global supply chains. It also recognises the important role the United States has in this arena and values the special relationship that exists between the US and Europe.
For this reason, FTA calls upon President-elect Trump, and the new administration that will accompany his occupation of the White House, not to take an insular view and lose sight of the positive trade relationship the US has with Europe, and the rest of the World, and to continue to endorse a policy of open, fair and progressive trade.