Italian PM supports Trump’s America first policies not protectionism


Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni

U.S. President Donald Trump’s desire to put “America first” is legitimate, but protectionism does not work, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni warned Wednesday.

“I consider it legitimate to say, my country first, I could say ‘Italy first,’ why not,” Gentiloni told reporters in Davos, responding to a question about Trump’s trade policies.

“But at the end of the day, what we need, if we want to have economic growth, and welfare, and protection for our workers … we need free trade, free markets and not protectionism,” he added.

The exclusive Swiss ski resort of Davos is hosting the annual World Economic Forum, attracting politicians and business leaders from across the globe.

Gentiloni said international audiences were looking with “great attention and curiosity” at the upcoming Italian general elections, due on March…

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