Trade

Juncker consulted Merkel, Macron ahead of Trump trip

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker spoke with several EU leaders before he headed to Washington to hold talks with Donald Trump.

Juncker spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte ahead of his visit, a Commission spokesman said Tuesday.

The Commission and U.S. presidents will discuss the trade battle that has broken out since Trump imposed tariffs on EU steel and aluminum imports.

While Juncker was traveling, Trump sent out two trade-related tweets. First he wrote: “Countries that have treated us unfairly on trade for years are all coming to Washington to negotiate. This should have taken place many years ago but, as the saying goes, better late than never!”

Twenty minutes later he wrote: “Tariffs are the greatest! Either a country which has treated the United States unfairly on Trade negotiates a fair deal, or it gets hit with Tariffs. Its as simple as that – and everybodys talking! Remember, we are the “piggy bank” thats being robbed. All will be Great!”

On Monday, Trump threatened Europes car exports, saying the European Union has been “very tough” on the U.S.

“Theyre coming in to see me Wednesday and well see if we can work something out,” Trump said at a White House event celebrating American-made goods. “Otherwise, well have to do something with respect to the millions of cars that they send in every year. Maybe we can work something out.”

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