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Trump Takes Heat on Car Tariffs as Industry Warns of Job Losses

  • Industry officials push back against idea of duties on imports
  • President continues to criticize European Union over trade
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Companies and governments from Europe to Asia are warning President Donald Trump that tariffs on car imports would hurt the U.S. economy, disrupt the global auto industry, and widen the rift between America and its closest allies.

Auto groups, industry workers and foreign governments condemned the idea of raising duties on cars at a public hearing Thursday in Washington. Speaker after speaker urged the administration to avoid sideswiping the very industry it wants to help. To drive home their point, autoworkers from Alabama to South Carolina pulled up to the U.S. Capitol in vehicles they helped build.