Everything is going great and then everything suddenly started not going great, as pretty much everyone could have expected, because Donald Trump during this meeting, during the time when they're both sitting in their chairs and you have the media all around them, taking the pictures and asking questions, Trump starts to talk about tariffs, right? Immediately upon saying that for his tariffs are actually a positive, Prime Minister Rutte, and my apologies if I'm pronouncing his name incorrectly.
During the meeting with Mr Rutte, Mr Trump said he was "very close" to reaching a number of trade deals, describing them as "fair trade deals for our taxpayers, and for our workers and for our farmers".
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau predicted "robust discussions" on trade. And a lot of good things are happening.
The Trump administration in May announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union. "They want to see if they can work something out". Rutte again interrupted and said, "It's not positive".
"If we do work it out, that'll be positive, and if we don't, it'll be positive also, because".
Trump: It'll be.it'll be positive.
Rutte: It's good to be here.
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The Prime Minister began by welcoming the closeness and warmth of our relationship with the Netherlands, and the importance of our trading relationship and close cooperation on matters of internal security and foreign policy.
"Just think about those cars that pour in here", Trump continued.
Throughout the meeting, Trump also threatened the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The Netherlands is the sixth-largest economy in the European Union, and the fifth-largest exporter of goods in the world, according to data from market research company Statista. Both leaders shook hands and Trump thanked Rutte.
I think the Dutch Prime Minister's shock and bewilderment at the mainstream media's behavior mirrors the reaction of the average, non-highly partisan American. If Rutte is serious about representing the European Council, he will need to show that he can hold his own with Trump.
This story was written by Rebecca Tan, (c) 2018 The Washington Post.