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Trump Takes the Bait From Musk, Attacks China Auto Import Duties

  • Tesla CEO likens selling cars in China to racing in lead shoes
  • ‘It’s got to change,’ president says after reading off tweets
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President Donald Trump may not follow Elon Musk on Twitter, but the Tesla Inc. chief’s posts decrying China’s automotive trade practices managed to catch his attention.

In announcing his order to implement tariffs on steel and aluminum Thursday, Trump read off tweets Musk sent hours earlier noting that China charges a 25 percent import duty on cars, ten times the 2.5 percent levy the U.S. puts on China-built vehicles.