December 3, 2019 / 7:46 PM / 8 days ago

Trump sees tariffs as lever with China, Europe, others - U.S. Vice President

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence attends a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is willing to wield tariffs and access to the U.S. market as he continues to push for trade deals with China as well as France and other European allies, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday.

“What President Trump envisions with tariffs is a means to an end, and the end ... is free trade,” Pence said in an interview with Fox Business Network.

Reporting by Susan Heavey, Editing by Franklin Paul

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