Trump to EU: Expect Auto Tariffs Without Trade Deal

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
trump to eu expect auto tariffs without trade deal

Earlier this week, the European Union warned that if the United States imposes any new tariffs on European-built vehicles, it can expect similar levies on American products. However, armed with the Commerce Department’s confidential report on automotive imports, President Donald Trump doesn’t appear remotely interested in backing down.

While Trump previously agreed not to impose additional duties on European cars, the arrangement hinged upon the two coming together on trade. Unfortunately, while both sides seem eager to work out a deal, they can’t quite manage to keep the constant threats down to a dull roar.

Speaking to reporters at a White House meeting with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, the U.S. president maintained that automotive tariffs are still something his administration plans to use as a bargaining chip. “We’re trying to make a deal. They’re very tough to make a deal with — the EU,” Trump reportedly told Reuters. “If we don’t make the deal, we’ll do the tariffs.”

Many have suggested this was always the president’s plan, with frequent claims he was only waiting for the Commerce Department’s report to move forward. While the contents of those documents are unknown to the public, it was widely assumed the department would designate foreign imports as a national security threat on economic grounds.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who is among the few individuals who can boast of kissing an acting U.S. president inside the Oval Office, expressed concerns over Trump’s protectionist trade policies this week. But he also reiterated to the media that there remains a verbal agreement in place to explore a new trade deal before any formal decisions are made regarding tariffs.

Trump didn’t speak to whether or not the confidential report advocated for tariffs, but his position on the matter doesn’t appear to have softened since reading it. “We’ve studied it very carefully. We’ve seen the results. But the bottom-line result is whether or not we can make a deal with the EU that’s fair,” he said.

[Image: The White House]

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  • Hpycamper Hpycamper on Feb 21, 2019

    Trade problems do need to be straightened out and tariffs might help accomplish that. Just wish it wasn't such a political circus.

  • James Charles James Charles on Feb 22, 2019

    Highest rating, I do respect your rights in politics and religion, but I don't agree with your approach. Trump IS disruptive as opposed to productive. Yes, Trump has many worried, but for ALL the wrong reasons. Don't confuse this with successful collaboration. Trump destroys viable business and political ties. This can't be good in the longer term for the US.

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    • Highdesertcat Highdesertcat on Feb 22, 2019

      @James Charles Turn off your autocorrect in Settings if it gives you trouble. I did, on both my iPad Air and my Windows Browsers (Firefox, Opera, and Chrome) A President and Administration are judged by how effective they are for individual Americans, and America as a nation. Trump has done better than anyone since Reagan. I didn't vote for Trump but I'm sure glad he got elected because of what his policies have done for me and mine, and America as a nation. If Trump decides to run again, and I hope he does even though he doesn't need this job, I will vote for him. I'm an Independent, so I am guilty of voting for the most qualified candidate just about every time, regardless of political party. All the anti-Trumpers and ne'er-Trumpers better hope he doesn't get re-elected because based on his first term so far, Trump will rebuild, redesign, redecorate, and refurbish the world and all its relationships with America in his own lasting image. Just look at the Courts and Supreme Court appointments. Talk about right-winger dreams. This is even better than dreaming. It is done! The right is rejoicing in that God was on their side when Trump got elected in 2016. I'm just happy that the stockmarket passed 26K again which means we should get a forced payout on the annuity in a couple of weeks. As in Buy Low, Sell High. I give credit where credit is due, regardless of political party. Trump's policies have helped millions of Americans.

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  • Johnds 35,000 cars listed online in my area, and this is the best you could find?
  • Wayne GM lost me when they couldn't make a functions key switch. and then made the woman who was in charge of the debacle the company president.
  • TheEndlessEnigma I don't not like it.
  • El scotto Oh Lordy, when you rent a Tesla from Hertz it shows where there are chargers. Most of your hotels that cater to business travelers have chargers. You can also tactfully ask your client if they have chargers available.Just trying to show that charging doesn't take that much thought before the usual herper-derpers arrive and comment.