US President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw the United States from the World Trade Organization (WTO), a move that would throw global trade into wild disarray.
In an interview with Bloomberg News on Thursday, Trump said, “If they don’t shape up, I would withdraw from the WTO,” in his latest criticism of the institution.
Trump, who is a fierce critic of the WTO, has already reportedly talked with his advisers about the issue.
He has complained frequently that the United States is treated unfairly in global trade and has sharply criticized the WTO for letting that happen.
Trump said last month that the United States is at a big disadvantage from being treated “very badly” by the WTO for many years and that the organization needs to “change their ways.”
The US president has threatened to take action against the global body, although he has not specified what form that could take.
Trump would need congressional approval to…