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Make America whine again: Trump threatens French wine with tariffs

US President Donald Trump has once again accused France of creating trade barriers to US wine exports. He promised that he would work to open the European market to great American wine.

“France charges us a lot for the wine. And yet we charge them very little for French wine,” Trump told CNBC during an interview. He said that California winemakers have complained to him about the EU tariffs.

“So the wineries come to me and say Sir, were paying a lot of money to put our product into France, and youre letting—meaning, this country is allowing—these French wines, which are great wines, but we have great wines too — allowing it to come in for nothing. Its not fair,” said Trump.

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He continued: “And you know what? Its not fair. Well do something about it.”

The US president targeted French wine last year when he tweeted that France makes it hard for the United States to sell wine in the country.

“On Trade, France makes excellent wine, but so does the US. The problem is that France makes it very hard for the US to sell its wines into France, and charges big Tariffs, whereas the US makes it easy for French wines, and charges very small Tariffs. Not fair, must change!” Trump wrote.

On Trade, France makes excellent wine, but so does the U.S. The problem is that France makes it very hard for the U.S. to sell its wines into France, and charges big Tariffs, whereas the U.S. makes it easy for French wines, and charges very small Tariffs. Not fair, must change!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2018

However, France is part of the 28-member European Union and does not set its own trade policy or tariffs. EU tariffs for imported wine are higher than those implemented by the United States. According to advocacy group Wine Institute, they range from 11 cents to 29 cents, depending on the alcohol content. US tariffs on imported French wine are 5 cents per 750-milliliter bottle and 14 cents for sparkling wine.

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