Trump threatens to impose tariffs against EU, China over lobster duties

BANGOR (AFP) – United States (US) President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to impose tariffs against the European Union (EU) and China in retaliation for duties imposed on imports of US lobster.

At a meeting with fisheries representatives in Bangor, Maine, Trump instructed his hawkish trade advisor Peter Navarro to look into punitive tariffs on EU cars and on unspecified Chinese products.

The Republican leader told lobster industry representatives that the EU has to drop its tariffs “immediately”.

“If they don’t change, we’re going to put a tariff on their cars and they’ll change right away,” he said, calling Brussels “almost as bad over the years as China in terms of trade”.

He said the tariff would be “equivalent-plus”, adding that the administration will look at China and find “something they sell that’s very precious to them” which could then be counter-tariffed.

“Pick a product, a corresponding-plus if they don’t drop the tariff for Maine lobster going into China.”