Trump Said to Push for Tariff Action on Foreign Cars Ahead of Midterms

(From Politico)

President Donald Trump wants his staff to push forward with plans to slap 25 percent tariffs on foreign cars before the midterm elections in a bid to score points with his political base, according to administration and auto industry officials.

The president believes a promise to tax cars, trucks and auto parts coming from U.S. competitors like Europe and Japan would allow him to present a concrete win to workers, the officials said.

“Trump sees the auto tariffs as part of his midterm strategy, a way to position Republicans and the White House as pro-worker,” said one senior administration official. “He views it as part of the broader story about to helping to revitalize the American-based economy.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

News of the sped-up inquiry was first reported by Inside U.S. Trade.

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