Reuters – Hard or soft Trump? Ex-WTO head Lamy sees trade realities trumping rhetoric

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will have little choice but to adopt a softer line on trade than the one he has flagged during his campaign, although flare-ups with some partners are likely, former WTO chief Pascal Lamy said.

With financial markets wondering whether Britain will opt for a hard or soft Brexit, Lamy said that there was a similar scenario for trade under a Trump presidency.

“If I look at Trump and trade, the big question is whether soft Trump or hard Trump. I think there are elements on both sides,” Lamy, who headed the World Trade Organisation from 2005 to 2013, told Reuters in an interview.


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