Trump Threatens E.U. With Significant Increase Of Tariffs On Imported Cars

The United States could be heading into a reciprocal war of trade tariffs that could affect the importation of automobiles and the raw materials that go into them.

According to The Washington Post, the situation kicked off with statements from President Donald Trump threatening to level tariffs on the import of steel and aluminum from other countries into the United States.

Foreign leaders promised that their countries would respond by imposing similar tariffs on US-made goods. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his foreign minister Chrystia Freeland were quoted as calling Trump’s proposal “absolutely unacceptable.” Meanwhile, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker reportedly threatened to impose tariffs on items like Kentucky bourbon, Harley-Davidson motorcycles and Levi’s jeans.

Further escalating the war of words, Trump took to Twitter threatening to increase tariffs on cars imported from Europe. While the European Union places a 10-percent tariff on imported cars, the US charges 2.5 percent on cars but 25 percent on trucks and other commercial vehicles.

That oft-maligned “chicken tax” stemmed from a previous tariff war between the US and Europe. Mercedes-Benz, for one, gets around it by “knocking down” completed Sprinter vans in Germany and re-assembling them in the US, but it’s now working on a complete assembly line for the new vans in South Carolina.

German automakers stand as large employers and producers of automobiles in the US – especially in southern “right to work” (anti-union) states. BMW’s factory (also in South Carolina) is, by value, the largest exporter of automobiles from the US. Volkswagen operates a large plant in Tennessee, and Mercedes runs another in Alabama. Their output, however, would not be subject to import tariffs any more than GM or Ford vehicles made in Michigan would.

Aside from their US production, however, German automakers exported some $23 billion worth of cars to the US in 2016, according to data compiled by MIT and cited by The Post. Far more, in short, than the cars US automakers sold in Germany. Trump has threatened to increase tariffs on European-made cars to 35 percent in order to even the proverbial playing field.

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  • GE90man

    What an idiot

    • LeStori

      But an “idiot” in charge … The USS Titanic is steaming towards the iceberg.

      • Stigasawuswrecks

        What really sank the Titanic was not the iceberg but the raging fire in the engine compartment that lasted for weeks that couldn’t be put out. The iceberg just made the inevitable happen faster. Very similar to this administration.

        • Moveon Libtards

          Wait, werent you one of the ones who said Trump would be impeached in his first year? Or that he wouldnt even get elected in the first place because “Hillary has a 96% chance of winning.” How did those turn out for ya? Lol

          Obviously you aren’t very educated or intelligent.

        • Six Thousand Times

          What? Actually no. The Titanic hit the iceberg along its side tearing a long gash in the hull. She may have made it except for the fact that the bulkheads between the compartments meant to keep water out of any other compartment in the case of a breach didn’t go all the way from “floor to ceiling,” Water would fill one compartment then spill into the next one, then the next. Ultimately… It’s been speculated that had Captain Smith not veered away but struck the ‘berg head on, the Titanic might have also stayed afloat long enough for a rescue to happen.

          • Stigasawuswrecks

            Actually you’re incorrect. You can easily find articles and information about the coal fire that weakened the ships structure.

          • Six Thousand Times

            I’ve read pretty extensively about the subject including Walter Lord’s “Night to Remember” and “The Maiden Voyage” by Geoffrey Marcus. The “coal fire” theory has bee around for a while but hasn’t really been proved. The iceberg was definitely a fact.

          • Stigasawuswrecks

            It was a factor of many things. Weak steel, poor design, terrible rivet jobs. But the fire weakened the structure greatly and made everything happen much faster than it should have.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Possibly but that’s all sort of a maybe. There were a lot of mistakes made pre-, during-. and post-iceberg.

          • Stigasawuswrecks

            Very true. The truth is that it was a catastrophic failure and it sank. Thanks for the discussion.

      • Moveon Libtards

        Same person who said “Hillary has a 96% chance of winning” and “hahahaha, Trump will never be President! Hahahaha!!!”

        How did that turn out for you? Karma is a b**tch, isnt it? “Elections have consequences”, right?

        All you have left is to whine and cry like the sore loser you are.

    • EM1

      Simmer down Soy Boy, Clinton, Bernie and Oclowna are G-O-N-E.

      • serge charles

        hahaha Good job Comrade, you ruined your own country out of spite hahahahaha, moron.

        • ME

          It was ruined in 2008

          • Six Thousand Times

            During the Bush administration?

          • ME

            Take a bath

          • Six Thousand Times

            Just catching up on your reading? But you’re right, a lot of people took a bath when Dubya crashed the economy back in aught-8.

        • Moveon Libtards

          I love how other people try to tell us how it is going or going yo go, but who seems to be the most butthurt? Poor EU is failing and Americans (of course not the leftist, butthurt Barry Sotero-worshipping kind) are celebrating the end of the Hitlery-Obummer sellout regime.

          Those who laugh last, laugh the hardest.

    • thunder bolt

      Did you even bother to read?

    • Moveon Libtards

      So said the butthurt, sore loser 13-year-old name caller. Yup, that solves things doesnt it.

      Can you answer why it is okay for the European Union can tax the crap out of American cars and products, putting up huge barriers to free trade…Yet whine and cry when someone finally puts a stop to it by offering to treat you the same through RECIPROCAL taxes and barriers? Essentially treating you the same way you treat America. Logic is obviously not your strong suit.

      Enjoy the next 7 years. Whining wont change facts.

  • Six Thousand Times

    That moron will get into a twitter war with anybody.

    • EM1

      Simmer down Soy Boy, Clinton, Bernie and Oclowna are G-O-N-E….

      • Stigasawuswrecks

        Please go back to Breitbart, Daily Caller, or Daily Stormer with that foolishness please. Thank you.

        • bd0007

          Don’t forget Pravda.

          tRump is a moron – who else would start a mortgage company right when the RE market was about to burst?

          And his son-in-law is right up there – grossly overpaying for an office building in Manhattan at the height of the market, where the debt burden threatens to implode the Kushner RE empire.

          • EM1

            Stop reading Leftist crap, Soy Boy.

          • Stigasawuswrecks

            By leftist you mean facts by evidence?

          • EM1

            Hahah….facts? Like selling US Uranin to Russians…the same Russians you now conventienly blame for medling the elections, lol.

          • Stigasawuswrecks

            It’s evident you’re an ignorant troll. Thank goodness for the block feature.

          • EM1

            The LEFT wont censor me, now simmer down, Soy Boy.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Oh, definitely. Long since blocked.

          • Moveon Libtards

            Go run and hide in your little safe space, sore loser. Dont want any of those mean facts to disrupt your little special fantasy word now…

            Lol

          • Moveon Libtards

            It is evident you are a stupid, sore loser socialist troll that cant accept reality that President Trump BEAT you and Hitlery about a year and a half after the election.

            Sad, just sad……….

          • smartacus

            yes they are soy boys.
            and true beta cucks.

            They don’t even realize
            they are circling the drain.
            it’s funny to watch them.

          • bd0007

            No, the actual FACT would be allowing a Russian company (which already owned shares in the Canadian company which owned the uranium mine in question in the US) to increase its stake from 17% to 51% and then 100%.

            The NRC (which Clinton had nothing to do with) gave their approval to the transaction as they noted that the mine was would still be under the control of a US subsidiary and that neither the Canadian company or the Russian company that now owned it had an export license.

            So US DIDN’T sell uranium to the Russia, but approved a deal where a Russian company took over a Canadian company which owned a US uranium mine.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Even Shep Smith debunked that one.

          • Moveon Libtards

            By FACT you mean President Trump BEAT Hitlery Clinton?

            By FACT you mean 40-year bureaucrat Hitlery was utterly shamed by The Donald?

            By FACT you mean President Trump STILL is not impeached and NEVER will be?

            By FACT you mean President Trump has a HIGHER approval rating than Obozo did at the same time in his admin., and even with all the media smear campaigns against him?

            By FACT do you mean that in less than a year President Trump has the economy humming to over 3% GDP growth and now upwards of 5% targeted for this year even though the media said over 3% was “impossible” and Obozo never went reached 3% in his WHOLE TERM?

            By FACT do you mean that President Trump has managed to lower BOTH the African-America and Hispanic American unemployment rate to the LOWEST EVER?

            “Fact” is a dirty word for dirty Socialists.

          • bd0007

            Sorry, but I know more about this stuff than you can ever understand, much less the Dolt-in-Chief.

          • smartacus

            Sorry, but the amount you don’t know is more than you can even understand.
            All of your long-since disproven fabrications are just helping you keep losing.

            Your beloved Hitlery stole the nomination from Bernie when her so-called
            “super delegates” simply handed all of Bernie’s voters to Hitlery.
            No wonder the party will not survive till 2020. Thanks to dolts like you.

        • EM1

          Please go back to NYT and the falling CNN incompetent news network, Soy Boy!

          • Matt

            Sorry there aren’t many Lada stories on here for you to comment on.

          • Stigasawuswrecks

            Glad to see you have a copy of Trump quotes remembered at the ready.

          • EM1

            I have Bush’s qoute memeorized instead…Read My Lips…Clinton Lost.

            I love how CarPoops chose not to use my Paul Joseph Watson Youtube video of “Soy Boy”. I guess CNN owns them.

          • Stigasawuswrecks

            Or they ha enough common sense. Hopefully this country won’t suffer as bad as when Bush became president.

          • EM1

            You’re boy Oclowa only filled a B-52 filled with 10 skids of 15 Billion dollars in CASH to Iran; Now that they have the bomb where a lost safe? He repeated what Blue Ball Clinton did with North Korea, that cash scheme didn’t work either has they now have ICBM pointed at your door.

            You’re a fool and a double head troll…

          • Silimarina

            And why do you have ICBM’s pointed at your door (actually you don’t have North Korea’s ICBM’s.They don’t have the range)?Because the big mouth, small penis, joke of a president likes to fight with anyone, as if he is the president of the world.It looks like you are a true republican.You prefer to go to war and lose thousands of american lives and trillions of $ just like Bush jr. did, instead of a diplomatic approach (even if that means buying it with a few billions).Speaking of ICBM’s, why don’t you cry about Russia’s ICBM’s?Atleast Russia’s ICBM’s are real and have the range

          • ME

            Whatever. At least he has a pecker and wasn’t married married to a large penis women named Michelle.

          • Six Thousand Times

            I know a guy who can get some Russian hookers in to pee on you. Private msg me if interested.

          • smartacus

            no kidding! i know that guy too!

          • smartacus
        • Moveon Libtards

          Please go back to the Left-Wing Times (NYT), Clinton News Network (CNN), Washington (Com)Post, and every other left-wing hole you crawled out of.

          You are on the wrong side of history…Brexit…EU crumbling…Trump elected President….Italy now moving the right way…

    • Moveon Libtards

      What’s the matter, you STILL cant control and silence him? Those commie control freak tendencies overwhelming you these days? Cant control the narrative? Cant control him for talking directly to the people, around the bias, left-wing MSM that propagates bs to the people.

      He beat you. Proving to the world you arent very smart after all. Hurts, doesnt it.

  • Giannis Antypas

    Since the US trade deficit is huge,
    it comes as no surprise that the US has less to lose from a trade war.
    No matter how many counter-measures will be taken against our fellow Americans,
    the US will still collect their gains.

    • Jp

      What you say seems logical, except that the deficit does not come from the EU but from China… You also forget the fact that additional import taxes will raise prices within the US borders, having a terrible consequence on consumers and thus jobs and the economy. Everything is linked, and believing that taxes is the solution to all problems is very shortsighted.

      If Trump puts taxes on EU cars, then the EU will put taxes on US electronics, and so on and so forth. It’s a never ending spiral in which everybody, especially the people will lose. That is why former US presidents built the ALENA along with North American partners, as well as other strategic partnerships with Europe.

      • Giannis Antypas

        Not exactly. You forget tthat the ‘cheap’ US imports are being bought from an ill US economy that more and more depends on borrowed money, whilst its productive base cannot sustain itself.
        The spiral is there already, as the massive imports undermine the jobs as well as the economy, whilst the economy needs to raise the public debt in order to keep consuming imported goods and depending more and more on foreign production.

        And also there is no such thing as a purely bilateral trade war in a protectionist’s view, especially in the case of the US economy with the immense trade deficit and public debt.
        Not to add that talking about protectionism in the US is a bit hypocritical, when all countries apply more or less protectionistic policies.
        The trade deals are meaningful when they are beneficial for all parts, this is why they come as a result of negociations. It happens sometimes for whatever reason that trade deals don’t work anymore for both parts the same, and it is no surprise that they should come to an end in that case.

        Consequently, there is no reason to isolate the trade war in those consequences under a consumer-importer’s perspective, on the contrary there are more aspects in the long or even short term that could help boost an economy including the investments, the income growth, the public deficits and the employment rates among others.

        PS: FYI most electronics are assemblied in China and EU exports way more vehicles than those imported from the US.

      • smartacus

        Giannis said it correctly,
        the US has far less to lose.
        In fact; this tariff won’t start a trade war
        it will End the ongoing trade war.

  • LWOAP

    Is he even think…..No, of course not.

  • Auto

    SOOOOOOOO many BMWs and Mercedes are made in the U.S. You don’t want them to leave and have so many people unemployed.

  • Jeffrey

    But an “idiot” in charge … The USS Titanic is steaming towards the iceberg.

    • EM1

      Simmer down Soy Boy, Clinton, Bernie and Oclowna are G-O-N-E!!!!

  • brn

    Never been a Trump fan, but I don’t understand this reaction. Other countries have a great deal of protectionism. In this example, the EU has a 10% tariff on US autos and people are generlly OK with that. If the US introduces some degree of protectionism, it’s somehow a horrible thing?

    • ChrisInIL

      It’s horrible only for those who exploit the status quo. It’s been an unfair playing field for so long, there’s an expectation that it is somehow “normal”.

      Disrupting the apple cart will probably hurt, but then it won’t.

    • Matt

      Don’t forget all the German brands build models in the USA and employ thousands of American workers, ditto Japanese brands.

    • bd0007

      The US has a 2.5% tariff on cars and a 25% duty on light trucks.

      Not to say that the tariff on cars from Europe shouldn’t be raised to 10%, but what do you think will happen to all the BMW and MB light trucks built here and sold in Europe if they raised the tariff on light trucks to 25%?

      Also, tRumps threats had already caused BMW to start producing the X3 in South Africa instead of expanding production here.

  • Liam Paul

    I ‘m no fan of his but his point about Tariffs on cars from United States in other countries does have merit, he should had imposed a small Tariff on cars coming into our country and not on steel. He never thinks stuff though.

    • bd0007

      The US already imposes a 2.5% tariff on cars and a 25% tariff on light trucks.

      • Liam Paul

        I forgot about the trucks, good point.

  • Galaxium

    You can critique Trump a lot but this is a valid point. The EU has a 10% tariff on imported cars, while the US only has a 2.5% tariff.

    • MarketAndChurch

      I was just about to post that. Ideally, there wouldn’t be tariff’s either way.

  • Galaxium

    The EU has a 10% tariff on imported vehicles. The US only has a 2.5% tariff.

    • Jp

      And there is a good reason for that. What about consumer electronics? Food? Beverages? Believing that the EU-US trade balance is unfair is completely wrong.

  • FactChecker90803

    Just have a Recipricol 10% Tax on EU cars..As for Steel and Aluminium, that Tax is warranted, you have Countries like China, India, Brazil, Mexico, Vietnam and Russia that sell steel and Aluminium on the Internstional market at a lower cost then in there domestic market, that is called Predatory Dumping..

    • Six Thousand Times

      Written English does not appear to be your thing.

  • Six Thousand Times

    VW in Tennessee, BMW in South Carolina, Mercedes-Benz in Alabama. All have California design studios…

  • bd0007

    Um, the EU tariff on auto imports is 10%, not 30%.

    And the US has a 2.5% tariff on cars and a whopping 25% tariff on light trucks.

    Also, not only do all the Germans have plants in the US, but BMW is the largest exporter of US built vehicles.

    Goodness – where do you get your facts? From Faux News and Breibart?

  • smartacus

    thanks for this vid, definitely true about soy boys.
    And they don’t even get results. I know i wouldn’t hire one.

  • thunder bolt

    Judging from the comments down below, I’m pretty sure no one here bothers to read the blog by Carscoops. They only read the title and proceeded onto making comments. Truly are the next generation of imbeciles !

  • Enter Ranting

    Harming the reputation of the U.S. is kinda Trump’s thing…

    • smartacus

      hahaha! you’re so funny because you’re losing!
      Helping the US is kinda Trump’s thing.
      Here’s an example:
      The total annual White House salaries under Trump are $35.8 million
      vs. $40.9 million under Ohomo, a savings of $5.1 million.

      There are 110 fewer employees on White House staff under Trump than under Obama at this point in their respective presidencies.

      Nineteen fewer staffers are also dedicated to The First Lady of the
      United States . Currently, there are only five staffers dedicated to
      Melania Trump vs. 24 staffers who served Michelle Obama (FY2009)

      However, it’s what the report said Trump did with this salary that
      has everyone talking.

      Instead of taking his salary, Trump donated all $400,000 to the
      Department of the Interior where it will be used for construction and repair needs at military cemeteries! AMAZING! It’s so great to have a President who loves our brave military men and women so much!

  • Enter Ranting

    So, you’ve seen Drumpf’s tax returns? Or do you just believe the compulsive liar when he tells you his net worth?

  • Enter Ranting

    This tariff is nothing more than a diversionary tactic Drumpf is using to distract from all of his scandals and investigations.

  • EyalN

    in Europe they tax imported cars since the beginning, in china they tax imported car with real high taxes. what kind of a deal is that?

  • Marcin Lewandowski

    American neoliberal hypocrisy – tell the world to be one open market but USA – always the same.

    35% import tax? Oh good, USA sell mostly food to EU, so this is none of our real problem coz we have to much ours. The real looser would be US only, especially american brands trying to produce their cars overseas, like next Ford Focus from China or recent Jeep Renegade from Italy.

    Cheers Trumpets

  • Moveon Libtards

    Thank you President Trump!

    No more bs and pandering to countries that stab America in the back and leech off its economy.

    If Europeans and Asians want to tax American products and put up huge trade barriers to American products then why can’t Americans do the same? Fair is fair. You dont want taxes and tariffs, CUT YOURS! What a bunch of whiny, sore loser hypocrites.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Coming from the people who LOST to President Trump, a guy who spent less than 1/5 th the money Hitlery spent on the election, had the whole bias mainstream media against him, CIA/ FBI too, and never ran for elected office EVER and beat a 40-year bureaucrat!

    SOOOO intelligent you are….lolololololololol

  • getoffme

    Idiocracy.

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    If I constantly say I’m a billionaire with no proof dies that mean I’m a billionaire?

    • Six Thousand Times

      Yes, now.

  • Six Thousand Times

    There is a smart way to work this out. (Hint: it’s not by tweeting threats.)

  • Mike Gonzalez

    as mentally limited as he is, it’s too much information for him to accept the fact American cars are simply worse than asians or europeans. they’re not as efficient, uglier and not as tech advanced (except Tesla)

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