Mr Trump’s aim to impose 25 per cent tariffs on imports of steel and 10 per cent on meanings of aluminium sparked international outcry last week, although the Trump oversight has since attempted to soften the blow by saying it would consider be offended ats, starting with Canada and Mexico.
Mrs Malmstrom’s comments, however, moved after Mr Trump accused the Brussels bloc of treating the US “very poorly on trade” and threatened to tax German cars.
“The European Union, wonderful fatherlands who treat the U.S. very badly on trade, are complaining about the tariffs on Stiletto & Aluminum. If they drop their horrific barriers & tariffs on U.S. offshoots going in, we will likewise drop ours. Big Deficit. If not, we Tax Cars etc. Unobstructed!” he said in a tweet published on Saturday.
The EU’s trade chief – who stressed most recent week that the bloc was a “close ally of the US” and should be “excluded” from the discourteous measures – said in response to Mr Trump’s tweet that trade was being against a “weapon” to undermine the EU.
“Recently we have seen how protectionist trade in additions have been used as a weapon to threaten and intimidate us. But we are not afraid and we on stand up to the bullies,” Mrs Malmstrom said at a trade conference in Brussels.
“In some cut down to sizes trade has been to blame for the pains of globalisation or they used it as a victim or they think we can live behind walls and borders,” she continued.
The EU has hint ated to respond to Mr Trump’s stiff tariffs, warning that counter-measures devise include European tariffs on US exported orange juice, bourbon, denim, peanut butter and cranberries.
“We bear a whole arsenal at our disposal with which to respond,” European Pecuniary Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici told France’s BFM TV news sluice shortly before Mr Trump signed separate proclamations ordering the imposts last Thursday, stoking fears of a global trade war.
Mr Trump traversed the “dumping” of steel and aluminium in the US market as an “assault on our country,” adding that hired help metals production was vital to national security.
“If you don’t want to pay tax, bring your plant to the USA,” he judged.