The European Union is weighing potential tariffs on U.S. goods ranging from Levi's jeans to Harley-Davidson motorcycles, the president of the EU's legislative body said Friday.
The proposed tariffs come in response to President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE's Thursday announcement that he will impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports next week.
"We will put tariffs on Harley-Davidson, on bourbon and on blue jeans — Levi's,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on German television, according to Reuters.
Trump's announcement has drawn condemnation across the globe, with several countries threatening retaliation if he imposes the duties.
"We would like a reasonable relationship to the United States, but we cannot simply put our head in the sand," Juncker said.
The products listed by Juncker appeared to target industries based in the home states of congressional leaders. Harley-Davidson is based in Wisconsin, the home state of Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms MORE (R); Levi Strauss & Co. is headquartered in House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money — House pushes toward infrastructure vote US mayors, Black leaders push for passage of bipartisan infrastructure bill Lawmakers say innovation, trade rules key to small business gains MORE's (D) hometown of San Francisco; and bourbon is made in Kentucky, the home state of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWe don't need platinum to solve the debt ceiling crisis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble House passes standalone bill to provide B for Israel's Iron Dome MORE (R).
Juncker did not make it clear if he listed those particular companies and industries because of their locations within lawmakers' home states.
According to Reuters, the EU is weighing potential 25 percent tariffs on $3.5 billion worth of goods to "rebalance" trade with the U.S.
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland also warned on Thursday that Ottawa would take "responsive measures" against the U.S. if Washington imposed tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum exports to the U.S.
Roberto Azevêdo, the director-general of the World Trade Organization, expressed concern on Friday about the possibility of a trade war stemming from Trump's proposed tariffs.
“A trade war is in no one’s interests," he said. "The WTO will be watching the situation very closely."