BHP Billiton chiefs meet Donald Trump in New York – by Daniel Palmer (The Australian – January 11, 2017)

BHP Billiton’s most prominent executives have met with Donald Trump in New York just two months after the company warned the US president-elect to back away from a 45 per cent trade tariff on China.

The controversial policy was flagged through a heated election campaign that saw Mr Trump consistently hit out at Beijing. At BHP’s meeting with Mr Trump and vice president-elect Mike Pence were chief executive Andrew Mackenzie, chairman Jac Nasser and chief legal counsel Geoff Healy.

In a brief statement, the mining giant said the discussions had been “productive” but declined to elaborate on the specific details of the talks.

“They discussed a wide range of subject areas, including the global resources sector, and BHP Billiton’s investment in the US,” the company said in a brief statement.

“The company looks forward to working with the new administration.” It appears likely the topics of trade and climate change were among the key talking points following strong comments from the miner in the wake of Mr Trump’s shock election victory.

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