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Trump Hits Allies with Tariff Threat to Global Car Industry

May 24, 2018

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President Donald Trump’s push for tariffs on imported cars and trucks aggravates trade tensions with American’s closest allies and threatens a shake-up of the global auto industry.

The statement late Wednesday that the U.S. is investigating auto imports on national security concerns drew pointed responses from Japan and South Korea — two nations that have been at pains to placate Trump. It also ended the temporary calm that came less than a week ago when the U.S. and China declared a truce in their trade dispute.

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