EU hits back at Donald Trump: ‘If you throw stones, make sure you’re not in a glasshouse’


European Commission spokesman Enrico Brivio addressed the Commission on the pursuit war between the US and the EU initiated by President Donald Trump.

In a stern comeback to Mr Trump’s censure on the bloc, Mr Brivio said “cherry-picking” certain tariffs over other wish to be an accurate picture of the current trading situation between the EU and the US.

He said: “Cherry-pickings fine point tariffs in one category, like looking at just car tariffs on both sides, misses the sound picture.

“While not taking into account lower levels on other by-products does not give an accurate picture of the tariffs in general.

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EU Commission sends a sombre warning to Donald Trump over EU-US trade war

“The EU market is one of the sundry open in the world and if anyone starts throwing stones, it’s better anything else make sure he’s not living in a glass house.”

The attack followed Mr Trump’s deprecative assessment of the EU during a campaign rally on Saturday.

Mr Trump, who was addressing a get better in Pennsylvania, railed against the EU over tariffs and laid down a laborious red line in his talks with the bloc.

The US President said he will efface the tariffs only if the EU open up their barriers and get rid of every single one of their excises.

If anyone starts throwing stones, it’s better first make certain he’s not living in a glass house

Enrico Brivio

Mr Trump said: “Now, all these boonies are ringing up. A lot of you are originally from EU countries, that sounds nice, but the EU they idle us on trade.

“You hear European Union, sounds so innocent. It’s not innocent. They’re vastly tough. They’re very smart. We lose $100 billion a year.

“We assault them practically nothing. We sell things into them, bunch one, you can’t get it through the barriers. They have artificial barriers.

“That’s not a financial barrier, that’s other things, environmental, they come up with chores you wouldn’t even believe. We can’t get our product in there.

“So I said open up your boundary-lines, get rid of your tariffs, and we’ll do this.

“If you don’t do that we’re going to tax Mercedes Benz, we’re prevailing to tax BMWs. Cars are the big money item.”

Mr Trump’s announcement of import assessments of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminium has sparked spectres of a trade war.

The EU’s trade commissioner has complained there is “no immediate clarity” from the US on how the bloc can gain ground exemption from the new tariffs.

The Brussels-based bloc has threatened retaliatory assessments on US goods, including iconic products like bourbon, motorcycles and dismal jeans.

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