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Macron On US Steel Tariffs: “Economic Nationalism Leads To War”

French President Emmanuel Macron, seen by many as US President Trump’s strongest ally in Europe as the two men enjoy a very friendly relationship, reacted rather harshly to the introduction of the US steel tariffs that came into effect today when he stated that “Economic nationalism leads to war.”

“That is exactly what happened in the 1930s," the French President claimed, whilst at the same time vowing that the European Union would consult its member states and respond “in a firm and proportionate manner”.

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As of yesterday, US tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum came into effect for Europe, Canada, and Mexico.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GME</a> | EU-US Trade War: The US says this is to protect national security, while the French president says it is a threat to international security. <a href="">@SandforAlasdair</a> breaks it down. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; euronews (@euronews) <a href="">1 June 2018</a></blockquote>

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Although there had been hope for possible exemptions, the parties did not reach a deal in the end and some in Europe now blame a hardening of the Trump administration's stance towards any future trade negotiations.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">US tariffs: EU can respond only by consensus and its members all have different interests | Reuters <a href=""></a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Trump</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EU</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#autos</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Germany</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#France</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheresaMay</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Macron</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Merkel</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#steel</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#drinksindustry</a></p>&mdash; Sam Pye (@freddie1999) <a href="">June 1, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Mr Emmanuel Macron declared that he had spoken to Mr Donald Trump over the phone about the matter and that he had told him directly that such a move by the Americans was simply “illegal”.

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Germany’s economy minister, Mr Peter Altmaier, stated that the EU would be coordinating its response together with Canada and Mexico. Mr Altmaier: “We tried to do it through negotiation and we will do it by standing together and formulating a common European answer, possibly working more closely with Mexico and Canada.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">French Finance Minister <a href="">@BrunoLeMaire</a> said France will refuse to enter into trade talks with the United States while punishing steel and aluminum tariffs are in effect.<br> <br>&quot;We refuse to negotiate under pressure,&quot; Le Maire told reporters.<a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Eddie Du (@Edourdoo) <a href="">June 1, 2018</a></blockquote>

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"This is not the way we do business, and certainly not between longstanding partners, friends, and allies."


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RaDonna Marshall No. 27726 2018-06-01 : 17:32

Our president does have the authority to control pricing on steel and other materials as a matter of national security.

Don't think for a minute Macron is a 'close allie" of President Trump after his speech to the Congress members when he was visiting the USA.

As far as not negotiating…What is there to negotiate? As far as claiming there will be a war that his problem.

He has his own problems controlling the invasion into his own country.

Anonymous No. 27728 2018-06-01 : 18:09

So the US is supposed to accept foreign goods/cars for measly tariffs coming in but the few American cars they import get pounded by huge tariffs. This is the EU telling their people to buy local and if you insist on American goods… get out your wallet.

Kinda like 0bummer saying that people could still build coal fired power plants in the US but he will make sure it bankrupts them in the process.

Foreign countries should pay the same tariffs they impose on our goods.

Anonymous No. 27730 2018-06-01 : 19:35

The fourth reich is cucked completely their armies are trash not one one hundredth our strength even combined with totally non functioning nations like mexico and cuckanada a war would be over in less than three months or else nuclear apocalypse.

Jeffrey Allen No. 27779 2018-06-02 : 12:15

It's not nationalism that is the problem of causing war, but rather government subsidies of industries that would fail on their own without taxpayer support. Pride always go before a fall and those that don't allow the fall to happen usually end up with a big stink that should have been buried long ago. it's part of the never ending canabalism of government. Eat your own until there is nothing there then go after someone else……. War!

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