Discussions in Washington ease pressure on both sides but EU members have doubts

In Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal, the future US president exhorted the value of talking big. “People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular,” Trump wrote, or at least his ghostwriter did. “I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration – and a very effective form of promotion.”

Standing alongside the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, in the rose garden of the White House on Wednesday, Trump stuck with that tried and tested philosophy. “This was a very big day for free and fair trade, a very big day indeed,” he boasted after their three-and-a-half hour meeting.

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