October 17, 2018 / 3:47 PM / a month ago

U.S. pushes EU for rapid trade results, says progress not enough

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross poses in his office during an interview with Reuters at the U.S. Department of Commerce building in Washington, U.S., October 5, 2018. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States demanded rapid results on Wednesday from its trade talks with the European Union and complained that the bloc was stalling progress.

“Our purpose in the meeting was to stress the need for speed and of getting to near-term deliverables, including both tariff relief and standards,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told a briefing in Brussels.

“What we’re interested in, whether it’s the exact next time or some time shortly thereafter, is that we really need tangible progress. The president’s patience is not unlimited,” he said.

Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; editing by Francesco Guarascio

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