Strong Possibility EU Will No Longer Benefit From Exemption on Steel and Aluminum Tariffs…

The Wall Street Journal is publishing a report the European Union is likely to lose their exemption on Friday June 1st, from the U.S. Steel (25%) and Aluminum (10%) tariffs. Despite their article outline almost everything is still speculation at this point; however, our own review of the trade position indicates the administration is very prepared to begin delivering the metal tariffs on all nations, including NAFTA partners, without reservation.

President Trump positioning the auto-industry 232 review, May 23rd, was one of the key ‘leverage signals‘ something was about to change.

Despite massively one-sided EU imposed tariffs against U.S. products, the EU is demanding to be permanently exempted from any U.S. reciprocal tariff measures or they will block the import of U.S. products. The hypocrisy is typically European.

Adding fuel to the speculation the tariff exemptions will be allowed to expire Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross stated earlier today, at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) summit – a multinational trade conference, that any/all trade discussions are entirely possible regardless of whether the U.S. begins the tariff against steel and aluminum imports.

WSJ – […]  Mr. Trump has threatened to punish EU car exports if the bloc retaliates, and Mr. Ross is pursuing a study of car and auto-part imports similar to the one he completed on steel and aluminum.

Officials in some EU member states are already angry at Washington over Mr. Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. Still, others, including some German officials, want to seek a solution that prevents economic damage.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday the EU shouldn’t respond to pressure with weakness.

“The day before an important decision I want to repeat this: Unilateral responses and threats of trade war resolve none of the serious imbalances in global trade,” Mr. Macron said at the gathering with Mr. Ross. “A trade war is always a war lost by everyone.”

“Independently of this decision we must do everything to protect our interests and act with self-confidence and yet preserve free trade as much as possible,” said Peter Altmaier, Germany’s minister of economic affairs, following a meeting with Mr. Ross.

Mr. Ross said in Paris that “every country’s primary obligation is to protect its own citizens and their livelihoods.”  (read more)

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210 Responses to Strong Possibility EU Will No Longer Benefit From Exemption on Steel and Aluminum Tariffs…

  1. ForGodandCountry says:

    PDJT has tried to reason with them.

    Now let them suffer for their foolishness.

    Liked by 46 people

    • Hoosier_Friend? says:

      Indeed. Well said!

      Liked by 8 people

    • fleporeblog says:

      Your absolutely right!

      Liked by 21 people

      • cjacks2008 says:

        I for one am so tired of playing “nice” with everyone, whether its liberals and political correctness, always with the do as I say, not as I do ( Roseann ) and all of our GLOBAL trading partners…..ENOUGH! Thank You PDJT for having the “BALLS” and the strength to slap down the COC and their bought and PAID for Congressman/woman who sell out America to the highest bidder ( for them, not us )…….Time to beitch slap the rest of the world and POTUS is just the man to do it……Sorry about that little rant, I feel better now!

        Liked by 7 people

        • Bud Klatsch says:

          All of these countries as well as their Asian partners owe the US big time for restoring sanity after the insanity of WWll. The US saved the world. Other than S. America which took a pass during this war and still suffers their Latin systems. The US must claw back all of the lost treasure and industry we gave away for decades. Do it now PDJT!

          Liked by 2 people

        • Joshua2415 says:

          Reading this made me fell better too. Thanks cjack.

          Liked by 2 people

        • fleporeblog says:

          You should because it was a great rant!

          Liked by 2 people

        • Jeff P. says:

          Amen, and if these RINOS and the Republican party do not start Rallying behind this President & Push his America First Agenda, Long Before summer is over they Will be Voted out. Not 1 person I know is voting for Incumbent candidates. We want Patriots not Traitors!
          I seriously hope any Senators, Congressmen/women or their Aides Media consultants whatever that Read these words Takes Heed to them lest they be thrown out on their arse’s in November. Americans are Fed Up! Drain the Swamp and get the Vermin locked away where they belong!
          There, Sorry too, but I too feel better now. 🙂 Awesome how that works. haha.

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    • nuthinmuffin says:

      he always makes a friendly offer in mutual co operation, but the greedy grifters just don’t want to reciprocate in good faith…so be it.

      Liked by 17 people

    • Carrie2 says:

      ForGodandCountry, let them huff and puff but they won’t knock the deal to the ground if they are halfway smart. Threats? You are placing your threats on yourselves. However, considering they love being part of the caliphate, they will back out and go further down the drain.

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      • So Europe wants to “show America” with a Trade War.
        • They will practice “redistribution among themselves” of former exports to America.
        • Inventories of “exported” or “held” finished goods will skyrocket.
        • Factories will then shutter when they run out of storage space.
        • Welfare rolls will balloon.
        • Wages will drop … wherever they’re not mandated.
        • Spoiled workers will strike at factories that weren’t shuttered
        • Excess supply and inventory will cause prices to plummet.
        • Profits will crater.
        • Tax receipts will drop, just as welfare spending spikes.
        • Debt will grow.
        • Currency exchange rates will drop.
        • Investors will flee to America and companies will build factories in America.
        • Interest rates will spike on both private and public debt.
        • Debt will grow geometrically.
        • Welfare payments will be cut.
        • Politicians will be replaced.
        • Nations will exit the EU.
        • Bilateral Trade Deals with America will RULE, with the best deals to the first partners.

        Liked by 25 people

    • Kintbury says:

      Amen.

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  2. Hoosier_Friend? says:

    Sundance said it earlier and it’s my own known phrase. ‘Giddy up’!

    Liked by 13 people

  3. FofBW says:

    When are all these countries going to get it that PT is serious and means what he says!!

    Liked by 23 people

    • FofBW says:

      Seems the world and the deep state are in spiraling denial

      Liked by 15 people

      • 4sure says:

        The basturds want to “protect their own interests” but screw us and our interests. And that is known as fair trade. Fair for them and unfair for us. And the uniparty and CoC loves it that way. DJT is NOT going to let business as usual, screwing the USA, continue. At some point he knows that America cannot continue to exist as a free country in that arrangement. But those who have sold us out don’t give a crap because they will have millions/billions to live in walled mansions protected by armed guards while the rest of us kill each other for the scraps.

        Liked by 14 people

      • fleporeblog says:

        They are starting to realize that no one will be able to come to their defense! By using 232 and 301, our President has removed the RINOs, Democrats, CoC, MSM etc. from the equation. They cannot do anything to stop him based on the law.

        I wrote the following the other day:

        Our President is going to stop the exemption on steel and aluminum as of June 1st for every country other than South Korea since they are the only one that renegotiated their trade deal.

        China (#1), Japan, Mexico, Canada, the EU etc. will see that they better negotiate and finalize a deal before he takes away their holy grail which is cars, trucks and parts by enforcing the 232 in approximately 9 months.

        $192 billion dollars worth of cars, trucks and parts are imported into our country each year. 50% of that comes from Mexico and Canada because of NAFTA. You eliminate that amount from the deficit between imports and exports plus have every single vehicle and part built in the USA 🇺🇸, you will go from 3% to 4% real GDP to 6% to 7% real GDP each Quarter.

        That is a swing of $400 billion in our favor. What President in the future will say we are ending the 232 in order to save the other countries and have our people thrown out of their jobs. Isn’t going to happen! We have been fooled and we aren’t going back.

        This would literally destroy Globalism and many countries!

        We aren’t going to back down because this is all about AMERICA FIRST! That is not only our LION’s 🦁 creed but our creed!

        Liked by 24 people

        • FofBW says:

          One of your best Flep!

          Liked by 5 people

          • fleporeblog says:

            TY FofBW! The picture is getting clearer each passing day. The auto sector is the holy grail for Globalist. You eliminate it from the equation and you put a permanent dagger 🗡 that will see Globalism bleed out to never return.

            It wouldn’t matter one bit that we no longer export our vehicles to other counties. The USA will be were everything in that sector is made and sold. As Americans are earning higher salaries (has started) and find high paying jobs with benefits, more and more cars will be sold each year.

            This is becoming our reality and our President and his Killers know it!

            Liked by 22 people

            • Exfiltration of Wealth says:

              Fleplorblog: You do a tremendous service by withstanding the slings and arrows of ignorant invectives out there in the twitter universe while trying to spread truth.
              Thank you for that from all of us who don’t. As for me, I’ll stay on my perch here in the tree house and scoff at the random trolls who wander in here to cause mischief. It’s too ugly out there.

              Liked by 9 people

            • Jeff P. says:

              As always right on target flep. I keep seeing these able bodies men & women panhandling, bumming, being homeless on purpose just to be lazy and a drag on taxpaying citizens that have to pay to have the messes they leave cleaned up and there are seemingly More of them each day.
              They ask for change, a Cigarette, (I do not smoke) whatever it is, I tell them, There are over 6 Million Jobs that employers are Screaming to have filled. Go Get One!
              I do not mind helping those truly in need. I am 100% permanently disabled so I know what that bit of help means to one in need. But “feeding the Bears” only makes them More dependent on Society as a whole. I do have a point lol, with these Tariffs going in place and even More jobs coming to America, we Must stop the Entitlement Attitude in the USA and make Working and being Self Reliant to be considered to be a Virtue again and not looked at like an STD by these self made Bums.
              I would Kill to be able to rejoin the workforce right now. I would make a killing.
              fleporeblogg, Thanks again for the great posts!
              Sundance! You are totally AWESOME!!!

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              • fleporeblog says:

                Jeff P it is so funny you pointed that out. We have plenty of them panhandling here in NYC. I was thinking the same exact thing to myself. If one comes up to me that seems capable of working, I am going to tell them exactly what you said and tell them to thank our President when they get their first check.

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        • fleporeblog says:

          I stand corrected! Seems like Australia 🇦🇺 and Argentina 🇦🇷 have renegotiated a trade deal with us since they have a permanent exemption like South Korea 🇰🇷.

          From the Reuters article above:

          The Trump administration has given permanent metals tariff exemptions to several countries including Australia, Argentina and South Korea, but in each case set import quotas.

          Liked by 11 people

        • clive hoskin says:

          Here,here.They have been getting away with this imbalance for too long,thanks to the”Globalists,DemocRATS and RINO’s.

          Liked by 3 people

        • Great post, Flep.

          Just outlined Europe’s “teach America a lesson” scenario above.

          President Trump may very well reverse the Globalists’ slide into lying, cheating and stealing: Those who continue will perish.

          Liked by 6 people

        • Questioning says:

          WWIII, happening right now. America will prevail…. as usual.

          Liked by 2 people

    • nuthinmuffin says:

      when the tariffs start to bite

      Liked by 8 people

      • Doreen Scott says:

        Great way to get rid of all the globalist leaders in Europe. Once the economy gets bad enough people will throw the bums out or hang them.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Bill Dunn says:

          Doreen if they don’t, within one generation Europe will once again be a bloody battlefield.
          A strong America has maintained
          The peace for 75 years.
          That is about the limit for Europe.

          Liked by 1 person

    • Probably before the concern trolls around here! lol

      😀

      Liked by 7 people

    • Jenny R. says:

      Europe has been riding the back of America for at least the last 70 years; they don’t understand that time’s up.
      We only have to “lose” trade economy long enough to outlast them — this is something I believe we can easily do. Then, we renegotiate for better terms — with a still intact EU…or with states that have split away from them.
      In the meantime, I’m sure there are other countries that would be more than happy to get the trade and investment that was going to EU.

      Liked by 4 people

    • The Demon Slick says:

      Oh but he doesn’t mean us, I mean he wouldn’t dare!
      :-0

      Liked by 1 person

    • NvMtnOldMan says:

      Fofbw- The EU will “punish” us by not trading with us. In other words they will try to con each other into giving up all the money they have all stolen from the U.S. since WWII

      Liked by 1 person

    • You will know they figured that out when somebody takes a shot at him – unfortunately.

      Liked by 1 person

    • All American Snowflake says:

      Perhaps the lying media keeps them from seeing the truth President Trump keeps telling them.
      “[Trump] meant what [he] said and [he] said what [he] meant. An elephant’s faithful one-hundred percent!” Trump Hatches An Idea.

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  4. Pam says:

    This is what you call more winning!

    Liked by 10 people

  5. filia.aurea says:

    Wilbur Ross has the situation handled for PDJT.

    Liked by 15 people

  6. Echo says:

    It’s beyond amazing that China demands the right to to impose high tariffs on US imports or block / inflate the price with non tariff barriers yet when the US won’t wear that anymore they cry “unfair”. Bizarre.
    EU is similar, though their web of subsidies and “rules” as trade barriers are even more sophisticated.
    And Canada claims the right to assist China to evade US trade policy because they make dollars from it.
    Have these people no personal sense of shame?

    Liked by 24 people

    • Maquis says:

      The countries of this world are rebellious parasite teenagers and the US is the sole long-suffering Adult, who is rapidly losing patience and has a major no-holds-barred tough-love plan called Real Life ready to drop at a moment’s notice.

      Liked by 12 people

      • America will be kicking the 30-somethings out of our basements, the Illegals out of our country and the Parasites out of our Trade Deals!

        Liked by 5 people

      • Jan says:

        The long-suffering adult is $21 trillion in debt. We can no longer carry these countries on our back. Our infrastructure has crumbled, our military has been at war for 16 or so years and our president is the ONLY one standing up for all Americans, even the corrupt, rotten progressives. And all the rotten Congressmen, except for a few, can do is to try to strip him of all his power, stop him from trying to implement his agenda & support illegals & stop border enforcement. Now they want to stop him from negotiating better trade deals for Americans because it will upset their globalist lobbyists and/or they don’t understand national security & economic security. Time to write/call/demand our Congress look out for Americans first OR RESIGN or be voted out. We bailed out auto manufacturers who then spent the money building plants in Mexico. Time to change that tune. Buy American or pay more for your import. I’m sure the fat cats in DC, NYC, LA & Silicon Valley can still afford their BMWs & Mercedes, even if they have to pay 25% more. Me, I’m driving a Ford–not stylish, not 60 mph in 10 seconds, it’s 14 yrs. old but it just keeps running & I no longer park it in a remote corner of the parking lot so it doesn’t get dinged.

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        • Questioning says:

          Understand, the ONLY people profiting are a small coterie of Trans-national globalist LOOTERS. Shut them down and things will get much better worldwide. BTW? Among these are a great many USA Congresscritters…..

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          • Esperanza says:

            Because actual Europeans don’t profit from this stuff. In France we’ve gone from a steel giant to maybe one forge if we’re lucky. Actually I don’t think this hits any of usapart from Germany. They’ve giant sucking sounded our manufacturing to Germany.

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  7. Alison says:

    Sharpen those Wolverine teeth.
    Bite hard.
    Harder.

    Liked by 12 people

  8. wheatietoo says:

    Macron mentions…”trade war”…repeatedly.
    Like it is something that we are starting.

    But we’ve already been in a trade war, for decades.
    These other countries are not our ‘trading partners’ — they are our Trading Opponents in the ongoing trade war that they have been waging against us.

    These countries burden our products with tariffs…and then scream “trade war” when we merely talk about doing the same thing to them!

    God Bless our VSG President.

    First they will whine.
    Then they will have hissy fits.
    Then they will threaten us.
    Then…they will agree to remove their tariffs on our products.

    Liked by 34 people

  9. Publius2016 says:

    Remember this is America First vs Globalism! Everything is coming to a head…NK Peace? NAFTA? THE WALL/Budget? 2018 election? Looks like the table is set for WINNER TAKE ALL!

    Liked by 20 people

    • TAS says:

      Well said…exactly this!

      Liked by 5 people

    • Kaco says:

      Remember, this is America First vs. Chinese cheap crap! Just say no to Chinese steel, delivered via Canada, Mexico, or the EU!

      They are funding Chinese One Belt/One Road and supporting the economic world takeover of a huge communist country.

      Liked by 9 people

      • Jan says:

        The long-suffering adult is $21 trillion in debt. We can no longer carry these countries on our back. Our infrastructure has crumbled, our military has been at war for 16 or so years and our president is the ONLY one standing up for all Americans, even the corrupt, rotten progressives. And all the rotten Congressmen, except for a few, can do is to try to strip him of all his power, stop him from trying to implement his agenda & support illegals & stop border enforcement. Now they want to stop him from negotiating better trade deals for Americans because it will upset their globalist lobbyists and/or they don’t understand national security & economic security. Time to write/call/demand our Congress look out for Americans first OR RESIGN or be voted out. We bailed out auto manufacturers who then spent the money building plants in Mexico. Time to change that tune. Buy American or pay more for your import. I’m sure the fat cats in DC, NYC, LA & Silicon Valley can still afford their BMWs & Mercedes, even if they have to pay 25% more. Me, I’m driving a Ford–not stylish, not 60 mph in 10 seconds, it’s 14 yrs. old but it just keeps running & I no longer park it in a remote corner of the parking lot so it doesn’t get dinged.

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        • Jedi9 says:

          “I’m driving a Ford–not stylish, not 60 mph in 10 seconds, it’s 14 yrs. old but it just keeps running & I no longer park it in a remote corner of the parking lot so it doesn’t get dinged.”

          My car of preference is the kind no body wants, but gets me to where I need to go and that is all I need to know! There is still something to be said about Ford, and hope it is time they get back to making them in America again and stop selling out!

          Liked by 1 person

  10. kiskiminetas says:

    They have chosen to go the globalist way which in itself is counter to the MAGA agenda. We don’t need them as much as they do us. They either play fair or they cannot play at all, it is as simple as that. We don’t need NAFTA or them and we definitely don’t’ need corrupt politicians in the USA telling us we need it either.

    Liked by 13 people

  11. What part of: Reciprocal trade on identical terms do these morons fail to comprehend?

    Liked by 21 people

    • sundance says:

      The “reciprocal trade on identical terms” part.

      😉

      Liked by 24 people

      • wheatietoo says:

        I don’t think that there can be reciprocity on products that are government-subsidized.

        We don’t have govt subsidized products in the US.
        So I hope that we impose tariffs on the foreign products that are being propped up by their respective governments.

        Liked by 9 people

      • Dobegirl says:

        Beautiful Sundance.
        I love your sense of humor.
        I’ve been following you for years, although I don’t post often.
        Basically a lurker, I guess.

        You are my “trusted go-to source” everyday.
        Your articles are always factual and well written.
        You make even the most twisted laws and rules easy to understand.

        Also you, and Ad Rem, keep the worst of the trolls out.
        Really a WELL RUN blog.
        Thanks so much for your continuing hard work.

        Liked by 16 people

      • MVW says:

        VAT tax vs Income Tax puts US producers automatically at a disadvantage. That is the whole intention of a VAT tax.

        But Trump’s team know this and will address it. The great equalizer will be Tariffs.

        European Socialism has been subsidized by America by their VAT Tax scheme for over 70 years. Without the subsidy European Socialist experiment would have failed long ago.

        Socialism = Venezeula, Sweden will become the same once subsidies are removed…fast.

        Liked by 5 people

        • piper567 says:

          Sweden’s Minister of Culture is a Pakistani who, by his own admission, knows nothing ab Swedish Culture.
          They are toast w/o the removal of subsidies..

          Liked by 4 people

        • Cuppa Covfefe says:

          VAT tax is completely different from income tax. VAT is tax on goods and services, NOT on income. And applying VAT is the same as what CA and other states do with excise or usage taxes (try bringing something into Kalifornistan from out of state and getting your car inspected at the border…so where’d you buy this??? ).

          It gets confusing because with imports, depending on value, one pays the cost of the item(s) in question, the duty (depending on harmonized tariff and value), shipping, and VAT on all of that.

          VAT is a complicated mess of bureaucratic rigamarole that gets worse with every passing day. It seems the only thing the EU can agree on is raising their salaries, and raising our taxes… and a “pan-European” military is just an excuse to institute a pan-European tax.

          Liked by 1 person

          • Esperanza says:

            Raising salariés. Not. Our salariés go down every year. I have never had a raise. Never. Only more tax taken out.

            Liked by 1 person

            • Cuppa Covfefe says:

              Raising their own salaries is what I meant. Unelected, uncontrolled, self-perpetuating oligarchy…

              The EC (European Comission) is not elected; the EP (what most people think is the European government) is elected, but is only a figurehead – now power except to rubber-stamp whatever the EC sends them…

              Liked by 1 person

        • Doreen Scott says:

          Europe is broke paying for all the muslims they took in. They were counting on us to pay for them with the climate deal and tpp.

          Liked by 3 people

          • Esperanza says:

            Not even. None of the money came to us, we also have to pay under the Paris agreement, less than the US, but still pay.

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      • WSB says:

        reciprocal
        [ri-sip-ruh-kuh l]

        adjective

        given or felt by each toward the other; mutual: reciprocal respect.
        given, performed, felt, etc., in return: reciprocal aid.
        corresponding; matching; complementary; equivalent: ‘reciprocal privileges at other health clubs’

        Grammar. (of a pronoun or verb) expressing mutual relationship or action: “Each other” and “one another” are reciprocal pronouns
        inversely related or proportional; opposite.

        Mathematics. noting expressions, relations, etc., involving reciprocals: a reciprocal function.
        Navigation. bearing in a direction 180° to a given direction; back.

        There, fixed it for them.

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  12. hoghead says:

    If we are EVER going to do this, now is the time. I’ve said it before, even after many decades of draining US wealth and industrial strength, we are STILL the big boys on the block. China can’t effectively counterpunch us; Canadexico hasn’t got a prayer; EU will be left in the dust. It’s time.

    As PDJT’s results start compounding, our position will only get stronger. It’s time.

    Liked by 15 people

  13. Bulleye says:

    They’ve all been spoiled for so long taking advantage of our country and the American people. The amazing thing is this news came out before the stock market closed today and the market did not fall. We’ll see tomorrow.

    Liked by 9 people

  14. phoenixRising says:

    Enjoy these years…
    POTUS is more than I have ever dreamed this country could experience.
    He is turning the game upside down. The usual suspects don’t know whether to hold or fold…
    yeehaw… winning, winning…

    Liked by 18 people

  15. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “A trade war is always a war lost by everyone.”

    Says who?

    Liked by 10 people

    • sickconservative says:

      Everyone trading with the US is my guess.

      Liked by 8 people

    • Maquis says:

      A Loseur.

      Liked by 4 people

    • Hannibal Smith says:

      This makes me want to bang my head on a rock. It’s such a huge theme among “republicans” – free trade good, tariffs bad, you neanderthals don’t understand how protectionism is going to cost you your job.

      But, strangely, when you look at the countries that have been kicking our asses in the trade wars over the years – Japan, China, Germany, etc. – they all seem to have had massive economic growth – especially in manufacturing – by doing everything possible to promote exports and limit imports.

      But when we do it, we are only hurting ourselves? Bull Shart.

      Thank God for sending us Trump.

      Liked by 1 person

  16. German is pissed? No problem, Pull all our troops out. Let them defend themselves. Okay all you supposed allies – – who wants to be next?

    Liked by 9 people

    • phoenixRising says:

      Merkel/Germany has a heck of a lot to answer. Who cares if they’re po’d?

      Liked by 8 people

    • Rex70 says:

      Poland has offered to pay US to put a permanent base there. God bless the Poles who have never forsaken the United States and love Trump.

      Liked by 14 people

      • Turranos says:

        The Poles get run over every time war breaks out. They are sick of that. Great people!

        Liked by 8 people

        • kiskiminetas says:

          They are great people andGod bless them for perogies, stuffed cabbage, kishka/other sauseges, polka and in particular their love for America. We stand with you!

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      • powderdayrules says:

        Yes Rex70, God bless the Poles. I clearly remember how the fall of the USSR started in the Gdansk shipyards – some of the bravest freedom loving people!

        Liked by 2 people

        • SteveT says:

          The Poles have a problem knowing whether to worry about the East or West. This two min video clip appeared on a British TV programme quite a few years back.

          Enjoy. But I would advise against allowing Germany to rebuild their army.

          SteveT

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      Germany has tried to take over the world twice in the last century. I say don’t let them go off all pissy. That’s how we got Hitler. They go psycho in a New York minute. Germans are smart, any WWII buff can explain their advanced war inventions.

      Liked by 2 people

      • lokiscout says:

        Germany isn’t going anywhere. They have achieved economically over the last 70 years what they tried militarily twice before, taking over Europe.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Esperanza says:

          This. I thank Trump, all of what he has proposed hurts Germany, not so much us. Also make em pay for their defence, they will have less money to waste on useless mouths.

          Liked by 2 people

      • Cuppa Covfefe says:

        Try again. You’re painting with a broad brush there.

        The problem is the GLOBALISTS, not the Germans. They’re the ones telling Merkel, Marcon, May, and all the others what to do.

        Seems you had one, too. What was his name again, er, Obama???

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      • Theresa Keys says:

        Germans have lost their balls. They are still trying to atone for ww1 and ww2. They are trying for European domination economically whilst trying to extinguish their German identity

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  17. MVW says:

    There is only one way to deal with Socialists, who lie to you **and** themselves, who treat their citizens to final wealth and culture destruction. Hard, cold, brutal, and clear as a bell honesty.

    Words mean nothing to those that lie so boldly as Socialists.

    Never, ever apologize to them. Ever. Justice has to be swift like the two by four to the head or they just will not understand. And Europe is 100% Socialist (except for the Eastern Europeans that finally secured their freedom from USSR).

    Liked by 12 people

    • kiskiminetas says:

      Could not have said it better myself and what you said should be applied to the Socialist Left in this country as well.

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    you will be the first President to address this glaring
    problem other Presidents have ignored – Trade Wars.

    The EU and other countries have been spoiled by the
    FREE RIDE they’ve had since Bush 1. NO MORE. MAGA.

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    • This is the link to President Trump’s Twitter Post referred to above, for those that like to see the surrounding tweets.

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  19. CNN_sucks says:

    Look at Venezuela. Our elites 24/7 telling us Venezuela socialist model country. Venezuela is now in ruined. Thank God many has voted for PDJT. Disaster averted.

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  20. H.R. says:

    I can’t tell; are those sheep on Wilburines tie? A little bit of signaling that someone is about to be shorn, perhaps?

    I also thought they might be elephants as in, “You can no longer ignore the elephant in the room.”

    Somebody with better eyes might be able to pick out the type of animal and the message.

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  21. So…baring US imports at retaliation.

    That would cause costs to rise in the EU, which would further economically damage already struggling EU members and cause other issues all over. This is literally the worst thing they could do if they wanted to preserve the EU.

    If they pushed that mid to long term, they would have countries already on the fence with the EU looking to exit. It also would provide ammo with the UK to do a hard break with the EU and solely trade with the US. They would actually make more going that route.

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  22. FL_GUY says:

    Pack up our military that is in Germany, move them to the Eastern European countries that would appreciate it. DESTROY every building that was once the base.

    Europe has been cheating the American people since WW1. We have funded their socialism while protecting them all the time they spit on us and look down on us.

    It’s time to let their stupid governments defend themselves and fund themselves. They will go downhill very fast without all the USA money coming in. Just moving our bases out of Germany will sink them and I’m all for it.

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    • Payday says:

      Poland is willing to pay $2 billion a year. Go ahead PT. Just get the vans and move it all across the street.

      Liked by 8 people

      • sickconservative says:

        They have seen the results while most of the EU forgot or lied to.

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      • 🍺Gunny66 says:

        Additionally those countries that host our military bases make a whole chunk of money just from our Service people being there.

        New local business, families living in town, Service people shopping. A community can thrive on base business alone.

        And Germany will Lose this money they have grown accustomed to for years.

        No issues here.😎

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        • piper567 says:

          Gunny, You are correct of course.
          I live right next to a big Joint Base. Back in the day when bases everywhere were closing, the local rag was hysterical, and ran a huge feature on the economic devastation that would ensue if our Base were closed.
          It was very enlightening, these bottom lines of Military impact on the region.

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        • Maquis says:

          US basing also, in most civilized countries, forges personal bonds that draw the peoples, and their interests, closer.

          People return to visit such places, or to live there, and tourism becomes more attractive as the sense of US security and piqued interest draws more to explore the area.

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    • piper567 says:

      FLA_GUY, hear, hear !!!

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  23. CNN_sucks says:

    Bush legacy trillions of dollars on wars and thousands of death. And the dreadful Patriot Act that just been used and abused for political purpose. What an investment! /sarcasm.

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  24. RJ says:

    Ever wonder who helped subsidize the sweet European lifestyle for the last 70 years? We have, by paying for their national defense thru NATO. Lifetime unemployment benefits and 10-12 week mandatory vacation time are some of the things the good ol’ USA helped pay for while they sat around eating cheese and drinking wine.

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  25. Ann Simpson says:

    Every single post above is grounded in fact, intelligible, and rational,
    traits absent from our trade agreements and economic policy for many years. Both at home and with our trade partners are unused to authenticity and change , hence the reaction: ‘I do not process the content of this communication”. You aren’t supposed to really mean what you say, and then DO it!

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  26. Ann Simpson says:

    Every single post above is grounded in fact, intelligible, and rational,
    traits absent from our trade agreements and economic policy for many years. Both at home and with our trade partners are unused to authenticity and change , hence the reaction: ‘I do not process the content of this communication”. You aren’t supposed to really mean what you say, and then DO it!

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  27. Stringy theory says:

    Screw these Eoroweenies. We have carried them all on our backs since the end of WWII. No more!

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  28. L. Gee says:

    My take on this:

    President Trump says, “America will no longer be raped by the EU when it comes to trade.”

    The EU replies: “You’d better stop! You’re a victim of our abuse, you’re always gonna be a victim, and you’re gonna like it!”

    And then Trump says: “Screw you!”

    Did I get that about right?

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  29. Europe is bankrupt, both morally, and financially! They borrowed even on their souls to appease the immigrant hoards who want everything, for nothing! They emptied the armies of the middle east, and housed them for free at the detriment of their own peoples. To hell with Europe!

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    • Jedi9 says:

      No doubt!

      When the prime minister of Italy (a stooge for the globalist cartel known as the EU) basically decided to negate the peoples vote by vetoing the populist party’s choice for their economic minister, they are sending the country a message that their vote doens’t matter. Now without a government and forcing yet another election it will be down the hole of no return! This is now a crisis brewing with a tinge of revolution in the making. The EU does much to undermine their own power when things like Greece, followed by BREXIT, and now Italy who has been besieged with unfettered immigrants are now opposed to EU policies! So really, the EU can say whatever it wants, but they don’t have the economic leverage to retaliate against the US, and thus most of what they say is just hot air!

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      • SteveT says:

        Just for accuracy it was Italy’s President that vetoed the proposed PM’s choice of minister.
        The EU is an unelected elite (they think) that wants to install a new world order, ruled over by them of course. It’s the reason why many British woke up and voted for Brexit. Let’s hope we can pull it off.
        Otherwise I couldn’t agree more.

        SteveT

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    • Turranos says:

      Ding-Ding-Ding!

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  30. goldensfan says:

    Expanded discussion segment
    That extemporaneous delivery by Secretary Ross was quite impressive! He showed a lot of command without resulting to self-deprecation or word-salad tactics. Well Done, Wilburine!

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  31. jmclever says:

    Bunch of spoiled basement dwelling liberal snowflake SJW nations hypocritically virtue signaling. Pfft!

    Liked by 3 people

  32. scott467 says:

    “Despite massively one-sided EU imposed tariffs against U.S. products, the EU is demanding to be permanently exempted from any U.S. reciprocal tariff measures or they will block the import of U.S. products.”

    ___________________

    Well, you see the problem right there. Beneficiaries (thieves) of our largess (not given openly but taken from us by subterfuge) are in no position to ‘demand’ anything.

    If they had any sense at all, they would be fighting each other to be first to make reparations, to curry favor or leniency. Even if it was only a token, a symbolic gesture, it would be infinitely less stupid than making demands of your unwitting victim right before he realizes what you’ve done and opens up a can of Whoop-ass.

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    • Maquis says:

      I ask myself who they hope to sway with such malarky, and can only suspect they hope our MSM will cause the sheeple to rise up, and castrate themselves.

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  33. scott467 says:

    “The hypocrisy is typically European.”

    ______________

    Well, if we care about them — and I know we do — their hypocrisy must be rewarded with punishment severe enough to get their attention, and keep it. Otherwise, how will they ever learn?

    If it makes them feel any better about it, we could say that it hurts us to punish them more than it hurts them. I always liked that one.

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  34. China will NOT be happy to hear that our Bilateral Deal paradigm is designed to close QUICKLY on reciprocal deals.
    • Tariffs WILL be taking a YUGE bite out of China for every day of delay.
    • Tariffs will ENSURE that their pain of delay swamps any prospective gain.
    • China will NOT be negotiating over multiple years to leverage American politicians’ Election-Cycle or Administration-Change deadlines.

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  35. Rex70 says:

    Sick ’em, Wilburine! Detroit–which had already been weakened, on its knees starting with the riots of the late 60’s–was laid out flat by NAFTA, as were other Rustbelt, major urban areas. Good Lord, there may be some real hope for Detroit and the other godforsaken Midwest cities if Messes Trump and Ross go balls-out and obliterate these devastatingly insane “trade agreements” that agree with no, single working-community community in this country. Can any right-minded person wonder why Macomb County, Michigan is Ground Zero for the Trump Revolution??? It only takes a couple Good Men…Godspeed, Secretary Ross–and thank you, President Trump.

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  36. scott467 says:

    “Mr. Macron said at the gathering with Mr. Ross. “A trade war is always a war lost by everyone.””

    _____________

    Except we haven’t even been fighting in the ‘trade war’ that most of the world declared against us decades ago, and has been murdering us ever since.

    We literally have NOTHING to lose — and everything to gain — by simply standing up, towering above all of these Lilliputian leeches, and Bug-bombing the whole nest.

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    • Echo says:

      “A trade war is always a war lost by everyone.”

      Best not assume too much Maca. The outstanding characteristic of the US economy is that it can rapidly turn its hand to produce anything. The USA’s mercantile policies of the early 20th century established the US as the leading economy by far.
      Mercantilism is really just another version of a “trade war”.

      A trade war is a war lost by the previous class of economic parasites, enabled by the guilty American cultural marxists eg. the Obama administration, who wish us ill.

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  37. signreader says:

    Secretary Wilbur stood true to his name! Skillfully read the RIOT ACT and I loved the way he did in few words! My pop used to say “Brevity is soul of Wit” Bravo ! The Donald picked the right person to do it! Just love it! Tell those SOBs no more free lunch and badmouthing the USA! Enough is enough! Bunch of ingrates US saving their asses twice for what?

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  38. I was recently in Spain and Sweden. My dad likes to have the “news” on all the time. I swear, the coverage is even worse than CNN… If I stayed I would have pulled all my hair out.

    Every person I met dislike Trump. They hate his America First attitude. I am not surprised… every news outlet spews 99% bad spin.

    Oh… dear dad wants Michelle O for the next POTUS. He was not the only one. 😝

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  39. Timolin says:

    Europe is in trouble, and bluster is their typical response to any challenge. Several pivotal issues face them. Brexit will cause them to lose significant revenue. They are going to lose a lot of investment in Iran. Huge immigrant inflows increase the welfare burden. Germany will have to pay its NATO dues, so defence spending has to increase.
    A bloc of eastern countries defines itself partly by refusing to accept the immigrant inflow, meaning that the welfare burden will fall heavily on Germany. Italy is unstable because of difficulties forming a government after a recent election where a majority of votes went to the Right. Greece is holding hundreds of thousands of refugees on its islands, disaffecting them because of how badly they treat them.
    On the border is Turkey, who by agreement also hold thousands of refugees, that becomes more extremist in its stance. The Europeans will bluster – at this time they desperately seek to reverse or stall Brexit, they threaten the Eastern bloc of states, they bully Greece, and they play a role in preventing the accession of a new Italian parliament.
    Any way you look at it they are in a lot of trouble. As they have difficulty making any kind of swift decision they will be forced to bluster for a long time, and they have no sane expectation of winning or even breaking even in a trade war. The President’s timing on Iran was well-judged. The Europeans will have to comply with US restrictions, but they cannot be trusted for one second.

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    • ms100 says:

      The EU is a fair weather ally who has no compunction about stabbing the US in the back. The UK was complicit in the Russian collusion debacle and it wouldn’t be surprising if other countries like Germany “helped”, too. It’s shocking what’s happening in Europe these days with the Italian president sabotaging the new govt elected by the people and the UK crushing free speech with the latest evidence involving Tommy Robison.

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  40. Pyrthroes says:

    You don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way wind blows (Dylan, 1967).

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  41. Pat Frederick says:

    i think what i love best about our President and his cabinet picks (by extension) is the way that they (like the voters) are/were underestimated.
    We the voters wouldn’t/couldn’t choose a worthy President–boy we showed them!
    President Trump can’t/shouldn’t run a country–is he showing them!
    and now his cabinet–the ones he truly wants–are showing the rest of the world what can be done!
    Stand back world…the playing fields are being leveled and you ain’t seen nothing yet!

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  42. TPA is working well for us with our VSG in charge but, I have to say again, it is un-Constitutional. What happens when we DON’T have a VSG in charge? Like the results or not, we need to follow our Constitution – JMO.

    “Article 1, Section 8.
    [1] The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

    [2] To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

    [3] To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes; [The Commerce Clause]”

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  43. G. Combs says:

    Gee, Sounds like our MASTERS in Europe want to put the ‘colonial upstarts’ in their place….

    Only they crippled themselves by importing the ilamic jihadist bomb. A bomb that will go off if the Jizya — the dhimmi tax is not paid.

    Interesting times>

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  44. Fools Gold says:

    Good old USA tool/parts makers wil be back in business again using good old USA steel and aluminum and American workers!
    Engineers can again walk to the shop floor to solve production problems rather than fly out of country and deal with 4 layers of management to solve a problem. That has a certain ring to it does it not!

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  45. attilashrugs says:

    It is patently insane for America to import steel from Europe! We have coal, iron ore and a wasting rust belt. Let’s make our own!

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  46. snellvillebob says:

    In all the treaties we are involved with at this time with China, North Korea, Mexico, Canada, the EU it is really just US verses China. Canada, Mexico and the EU are just surrogating themselves to China as North Korea always has.

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