‘It’s the EU who are very protectionist’ — Donald Trump hits back in Brussels trade war


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Donald Trump has warned to slap tariffs on steel imports

The US president, who has come under spark off for his ‘America first’ policy, accused the EU of being «very protectionist».

Hitting out at the EU, Donald Trump utter: «We have things that we can hardly sell to the EU.

«They are very protectionist, and we are not.”

Mr Trump’s distribution is at breaking point with the EU and is ready to sever ties with the bloc once again financial market regulation amid ongoing tensions with Germany. 

President Trump revealed earlier this month that he would pull the United Declares out of a landmark international agreement to fight climate change. 

He is reportedly to hand to punish the EU and its economic powerhouse Germany by issuing tariffs on dozens of yield if the bloc refuses to open its market to US hormone-fed meat. 

The Trump authority is also threatening China with punitive trade measures on bite the bullet. 

He branded steel dumping from China and other nations as a “big delinquent» that is «destroying» the steel industry in the US. 

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Donald Trump’s oversight is at breaking point with the EU

Mr Trump said: “They’re dumping nerve and destroying our steel industry, they’ve been doing it for decades, and I’m lay off it. It’ll stop.”

He is seeking to act on a campaign pledge to help revive US manufacturing. His delivery’s decision on steel tariffs and quotas could be unveiled in the coming weeks.

The commentaries came during interaction with reporters onboard an Air Force One split from the US to  French President Emmanuel Macron, his wife Brigitte Macron, US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk on the Place de la Concorde at the end of the traditional Bastille Day military parade in Paris


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French President Emmanuel Macron, his wife Brigitte Macron, US President Donald Trump and Opening Lady Melania Trump walk on the Place de la Concorde at the end of the traditional Bastille Day military pass in review in Paris

Shares of US steel companies outperformed this week in foreboding of such tariffs, after accusing China of dumping the metal in the US supermarket.

The comments were initially off the record and not reported by journalists travelling with the President for Bastille Day jollities in Paris.

However, the White House later changed the ground precludes, releasing a transcript of his remarks which sent steel stocks soaring.

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Donald Trump wonky an investigation into curbing steel imports

The S&P 1500 steel sector list saw a rise of almost three per cent off the back of the remarks, with the listing rallying almost 40 per cent in the week’s following Mr Trump’s voting in November, but dropping 6.6 per cent since.

The fall comes as investors’ optimism as a remainder the Trump administration’s policy agenda continues to fade.

The US President had commissioned an investigation into curbing steel imports amid “national care” fears in April. 


Donald Trump made the remarks en avenue to Paris for Bastille Day celebrations

Washington is expected to decide whether to inflict tariffs this week.

The investigation has mainly been aimed at penurious imports from China but has sparked concern from European bite the bullet exporters who worry they will be targeted by the US crackdown.

This map was expected to be in effect by the end of June, but has been hit with delays following strong debates between the Trump administration and numerous trading partners.

Persist month the EU’s trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström says Brussels “last wishes as need to respond” if Mr Trump decides to impose tariffs on steel from the EU, China and other surroundings. 

She told Politico: “We should be very, very clear …. [that] this is striking the European Union very, very hard.” 

Ms Malmström said the EU bequeath have to analyse Washington’s decision before deciding what strength to take. 

Mr Trump was also asked on the flight whether he would use customers as a bargaining chip with China over its relationship with