"When foreign governments extort unreasonably low prices from US drug makers, Americans have to pay more to subsidize the enormous cost of research and development," Trump said. "It’s unfair and it’s ridiculous and it’s not going to happen any longer. It’s time to end the global freeloading once and for all."
Trump said US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will make fixing this extortion of drug companies a top priority with all trading partners.
"America will not be cheated any longer and especially will not be cheated by foreign countries," Trump added.
According to a press release from the White House, the United States had the highest per-capita spending on pharmaceuticals of any country in 2015.
Numerous EU leaders and officials have expressed hope that the European Union will be exempted from the US new high tariffs on aluminum and steel imports.
Also, the White House is also expected to announce that it finalized a deal to exempt South Korea from the tariffs, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday citing a senior administration official.