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Europe Renews Pledge to Retaliate Against Any Trump Car Tariffs

  • EU’s Malmstrom calls U.S. reasoning for auto levies ‘absurd’
  • ‘Relations are tense,’ she tells a conference in Brussels
Audi vehicles are loaded for export at the port of Barcelona.

Audi vehicles are loaded for export at the port of Barcelona.

Photographer: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg

The European Union’s trade chief reiterated a pledge to impose retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. should President Donald Trump follow through on a threat to hit the bloc’s automotive goods with duties.

European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom criticized Trump’s assertion in May that EU cars and auto parts shipped to the American market pose a security risk to the U.S. The Trump administration faces a self-imposed deadline of mid-November to decide whether to curb such imports.