WTO chief says ready to work with Trump

The head of the World Trade Organisation said Wednesday he stood ready to work with Donald Trump’s administration following a US election campaign that saw the former reality TV star rail against global trade. 

“Congratulations to President-elect @realDonaldTrump on his victory. The WTO stands ready to work with the new administration,” Roberto Azevedo, director general of the Geneva-based WTO said on Twitter.

Azevedo, a Brazilian national, said “US leadership in the global economy and the multilateral trading system remains vital.”

Earlier this year, Trump called the WTO “a disaster” and repeatedly blasted global trade pacts throughout his campaign, claiming they had led to American job losses.

Without referring to Trump’s campaign, Azevedo said “it’s clear many feel trade isn’t working for them. We must address this and ensure trade delivers the widest benefit to the most people,” he added in a series of tweets.