(Reuters) – U.S. stocks rose on Thursday as fears of a global trade war eased after President Donald Trump promised great flexibility toward the United States’ “real friends” as he prepared to impose hefty import tariffs.

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, (NYSE) in New York, U.S., March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Worries over the likelihood of a global trade war triggered by Trump’s tariff plans have dominated markets since last Thursday, with chief economic adviser Gary Cohn’s exit heightening such concerns.

But a White House

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