Trump hints at action over French wine tariffs

Trump hints at action over French wine tariffs
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE on Monday suggested he may take action to address what he deems an unfair tariff imbalance on wine imports and exports with France.

The president was defending his use of tariffs against China during an interview with CNBC when he cited other examples where he believes the U.S. is being treated unfairly on trade.


"You know, France charges us a lot for the wine and yet we charge them little for French wine," Trump said.

The president claimed that winemakers in California complained to him that French wine can be imported at little cost, but that they have to pay high duties to export their products into France.

"And you know what, it’s not fair," Trump said. "We’ll do something about it."

France does not set its own tariffs on wine — the duties are determined by the European Union. As a result, any tariffs imposed by the U.S. would apply to the entire trading bloc.

Trump, who does not drink alcohol, has raised the issue in the past. He tweeted in November 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."

Trump met last week with French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronFrance to require coronavirus tests for those entering the country from US EU leaders reach trillion deal on coronavirus recovery package Fire engulfs Nantes Cathedral in France, prompting an arson investigation MORE following a ceremony in Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. It's unclear if the two men discussed tariffs, or wine tariffs in particular, during their bilateral meeting.