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EU is possibly as bad as China’ Trump attacks partners in new ‘unfair trade’ rant

Francois Lenoir Reuters

Some of the hardest-hit states include Texas, where $3.9 billion worth of exports including pork and whiskey are under threat from retaliatory tariffs, and Alabama, where $3.6 billion worth of exports are threatened by tariffs on USA goods from China, the EU, Mexico and Canada.

European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said Monday the USA investigation into the possibility of auto tariffs "lacks legitimacy, factual basis and violates worldwide trade rules", just like last month's US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Trump has singled out the Europeans as a problem as great to the United States on trade as China and laid out threats to fight the EU with a 20 percent duty on EU auto imports, a particular source of his scorn.

The European Union is reportedly ready to hold talks with major vehicle manufacturers about a coordinated effort to cut pre-existing tariffs, as a means of defusing President Donald Trump's trade war before it escalates further.

On Sunday, the Financial Times wrote: "Donald Trump's threat to hit auto imports with punitive tariffs risks sparking global retaliation against as much as $300 billion of USA products, Brussels has warned".

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On Sunday, Trump said the European Union was "as bad" as China when it came to the way European countries traded with the US. Generally, they say tariffs help create a level-playing field for USA manufacturers.

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Similarly, the head of US operations for Kitchener, Ontario-based injection molder Mitchell Plastics, said he feared tariffs would raise prices, lower demand and hurt the 800 workers at company factories in Michigan, Indiana and Alabama.

Steep US tariffs on more than $30 billion in Chinese imports are due to take effect Friday as retribution for Beijing's alleged theft of US intellectual property. "They treat us very unfairly", Trump said qualifying his remarks.

And he is pressuring Canada and Mexico to agree to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement to shift more auto production to the United States and encourage companies to move investment from Mexico to the United States. Steel and aluminum products, as well as automobiles, are among Michigan's hardest hit.

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"Tariffs are beginning to take a toll on American businesses, workers, farmers and consumers as overseas markets close to American-made products and prices increase here at home", chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said in a news release.

Vehicle makers have warned the Trump administration against imposing the tariffs, with both General Motors and Mazda saying the measures would cause price increases for consumers. "About 40 million American jobs depend on trade, and it's principally with those markets".

The US announced to impose 25 and 10 percent tariffs on steel and aluminium respectively on three of its biggest trading partners - Canada, Mexico and the European Union on May 31.

The chamber's three million members applauded Trump's business tax cuts in December, but the organization has distanced itself from the president since his call for new tariffs against China, Canada, Mexico, and the European Union. Their shipments will now be subject to a 25 percent tariff, which will instantly make their crops far costlier in China.

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