Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, has said that he is confident that Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, will not impose additional tariffs on car imports from Europe.
According to his spokesperson, Juncker told local media that “Trump gave me his word that there won’t be any car tariffs for the time being. I believe him.”
The remarks came after it emerged that President Trump has been handed a confidential report from the commerce department of the United States into whether cars and car parts from Europe pose a threat to the country’s national security.
The contents of the said report have not yet been disclosed, however, some analysts have warned that they could pave the way for massive tariffs. Previously, President Trump has floated the idea of a 25 percent tax that he is planning to impose on imported vehicles.
While Juncker said that he did not expect President Trump to impose the levy, he warned that the European Union would not feel bound by its commitments to buy more US soya and liquid gas if the US President reneged on his promise.
The president of the Federation of German Industry, Dieter Kempf, dismissed the claims that car imports pose a threat to the national security of the United States.
He stated: “The US Department of Commerce should publish its report into car imports quickly to avoid a further increase in uncertainty for companies.”
Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, has also expressed her concern regarding the proposed taxes.
She stated: “We are proud of our cars and so we should be.” She added that many are manufactured in US factories and exported to China.
At a conference held in Munich during the weekend, she stated: “If that is viewed as a security threat to the United States, then we are shocked.”