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Head of Canada’s auto parts industry association mocks Trump’s threat of auto tariffs

BY BROOKE SEIPEL – 06/09/18 09:09 PM

Flavio Volpe, president of Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA), mocked President Trump after he threatened to create new tariffs on automobiles on Saturday, saying Trump would end up hurting Americans.

“So…. you’re suggesting using a National Security regulation to charge $8B in tariffs to *American* consumers who buy 1 million cars made by American automakers, containing 60% American parts content, because of the price of milk in Windsor?” Volpe wrote.

So…. you’re suggesting using a National Security regulation to charge $8B in tariffs to *American* consumers who buy 1 million cars made by American automakers, containing 60% American parts content, because of the price of milk in Windsor?

Where do I start?

 

Volpe’s comment came after Trump said he would not endorse a joint communique signed with the other Group of Seven (G-7) members at this weekend’s summit, and appeared to threaten to impose further tariffs on the country.

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Trump’s decision not to endorse the joint statement came just hours after all nations had agreed to sign the document, despite previous fears that trade tensions between the U.S. and its allies would lead to the U.S. being excluded.

Tensions over trade have ratcheted up in recent days after Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Mexico announced this week that it would hit the U.S. with a 20 percent tariff on pork imports in response to Trump’s tariffs.

Canada and the European Union have also threatened to slap tariffs on U.S. goods such as blue jeans, bourbon and yogurt, in retaliation to Trump’s tariffs.

Trump had also criticized dairy prices from Canada earlier in the week.

The decision on Saturday prompted criticism from Democrats and others, though some supported Trump’s decision, including Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R).

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