Sacrebleu! – USTR Lighthizer Announces 100% Countervailing Duties on $2.4 Billion of French Products…

The synergy, flow and timing of the U.S. trade and economic team is just a marvel; a brilliant assembly of perfectly in-tune economic and trade professionals.

As President Trump touched down in the U.K. to attend the two-day NATO summit, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announces the completion of a Section 301 review of France’s Digital Services Tax (DST).

After determining the value of the French tax on U.S. internet services at $2.4 billion; Lighthizer announces a 100%  countervailing duty on a carefully selected $2.4 billion in French imports.

Obviously the agenda for the bilateral NATO meeting between U.S. President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron just changed.  LOL, you have to love Team USA.

Oh, but wait, wait… it gets better….

We have to remember, THIS $2.4 billion U.S. tariff against France would be on top of the $7.5 billion (per year) countervailing duty recently won from the Airbus subsidy case in the WTO…. and by law France cannot retaliate.

Oh my, President Trump strolls into the NATO bilat with Macron while holding a $10 billion legally justified countervailing tariff position.  How’d ya like ‘dem grapes?

Remember those stunts Macron pulled at the G20 meeting in France when he first showed up unannounced at the hotel for lunch to discuss “climate issues“; and then invited the Iranian Foreign Minister to a goofy external bilat; trying to set-up/pressure POTUS?

Oh comeuppance thy time is now.

Washington, DC – The U.S. Trade Representative has completed the first segment of its investigation under section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 and concluded that France’s Digital Services Tax (DST) discriminates against U.S. companies, is inconsistent with prevailing principles of international tax policy, and is unusually burdensome for affected U.S. companies.

Specifically, USTR’s investigation found that the French DST discriminates against U.S. digital companies, such as Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. In addition, the French DST is inconsistent with prevailing tax principles on account of its retroactivity, its application to revenue rather than income, its extraterritorial application, and its purpose of penalizing particular U.S. technology companies.  A report available on USTR’s website sets out the findings of the investigation.

“USTR’s decision today sends a clear signal that the United States will take action against digital tax regimes that discriminate or otherwise impose undue burdens on U.S. companies,” Ambassador Robert Lighthizer said. “Indeed, USTR is exploring whether to open Section 301 investigations into the digital services taxes of Austria, Italy, and Turkey. The USTR is focused on countering the growing protectionism of EU member states, which unfairly targets U.S. companies, whether through digital services taxes or other efforts that target leading U.S. digital services companies.”

USTR is issuing a Federal Register notice explaining that, for the reasons set forth in the report, the French DST is unreasonable, discriminatory, and burdens U.S. commerce. The notice solicits comments from the public on USTR’s proposed action, which includes additional duties of up to 100 percent on certain French products.

The notice also seeks comment on the option of imposing fees or restrictions on French services. The list of French products subject to potential duties includes 63 tariff subheadings with an approximate trade value of $2.4 billion.  The value of any U.S. action through either duties or fees may take into account the level of harm to the U.S. economy resulting from the DST. (more)

Macron: “No matter what I try, he just keeps winning”…

May: “Oh, Emmanuel you don’t have to tell me. If you only knew”…

Macron: “What is this, this mysterious power, he has?”..

May: “I hear they call it MAGA something-or-other”…

Macron: …{{{heavy sigh}}}

May: “You need to call Justin now. He’s picking us off one by one”…

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189 Responses to Sacrebleu! – USTR Lighthizer Announces 100% Countervailing Duties on $2.4 Billion of French Products…

  1. TwoLaine says:

    Maybe Macron should go to the Climate Summit with Nitwit Nancy instead. That’s more his speedo anyway. 😉

    Liked by 29 people

  2. Called it … from post earlier today:

    Looking for POTUS to impose SELECTIVE and ESCALATING TARIFFS on the EU
    … creating Tariff Leverage for the EU to change (duplicating Trump’s policy footsteps)
    … just as Tariff Leverage is driving China to change (as trade slowly rebalances)
    … until POTUS has reestablished opportunities for MUTUAL GAIN.

    This will take time.
    POTUS can simply announce that he’ll be imposing RECIPROCAL tariffs

    … to END having the USA finance EU Socialism

    … with MORE to follow to REBALANCE Trade Deficits with the EU

    Liked by 28 people

    • I am IMPRESSED, BKR! Did you ever call that one!

      Liked by 3 people

    • Raptors2020 says:

      The end of Free Trade, the beginning of Fair Trade seems like a winning election issue for President Trump. Fighting terrorism raises the spectre of war. Sealing the border allows the Left to scream racism: they reach that conclusion faster than Usain Bolt. Fixing health care seems a sisyphean task to Republicans, while Democrats will self-immolate with medicare for all. Enough with the tax reform, and spending reform is the desert where political careers go to die.

      I’m in the growing camp around here who believes no one will suffer for the Russian Collusion hoax, other than the few sacrificial lambs like Roger Stone who’ve already been dragged off bleating. Those waiting for the legion of corrupt senior bureaucrats to be punished might as well be hiding on Pacific Islands, waiting for the Japanese comeback victory in World War II.

      Just talk about the future, President Trump, and let your victories over the evil Deep State be in the shadows. Revenge is a dish best served cold. Start banishing the bureaucrats to the literal swamps. De-centralize the bureaucracy, in a major way. A nice draughty warehouse, with a rickety card table and a fax machine, should replace the White House press office. They’ll scream, while Republicans laugh their arses off, and Democrats won’t care. Journalists adore themselves; no one else has a clue why.

      Please President Trump, take your safety seriously: their hatred is real. Don’t assume the pajama boys like Ciaramella are harmless. Lee Harvey Oswald also seemed ridiculous.

      Liked by 3 people

  3. daylight58 says:

    Macron…. “Mer…!”


  4. A2 says:


    Liked by 3 people

  5. TwoLaine says:

    It really makes you wonder how great America actually would have been by now had we had anyone in the White House prior to President TRUMP who actually worked for the American people, and cared about WINNING for the USA!

    Liked by 46 people

  6. Lawrence L says:

    Now POTUS needs to hammer the EU countries that are despicably attempting to end run the Iranian sanctions by joining the Iranian barter system:
    “To whose market to you want access, folks? Iran’s… or the USA’s?

    Liked by 16 people

    • James Carpenter says:

      Yes. Outline the choices they have.
      And then give ’em to them.
      Good and hard.

      Liked by 2 people

    • yucki says:

      More European Nations Join Effort to Bypass US Sanctions on Iran

      Six European nations say they will join a fledgling financial system to bypass U.S. sanctions against Iran, challenging U.S. President Donald Trump days before he meets leaders of some of those nations in London.

      In a joint statement Friday, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden said they are in the process of become shareholders of the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX). Britain, France and Germany launched INSTEX in January to enable companies to trade with Iran without using U.S. dollars or going through U.S. banks, thereby shielding such companies from U.S. sanctions.…


      • Maquis says:

        Fools. They are unworthy of NATO.

        Liked by 4 people

      • Alligator Gar says:

        Feed Eurabia to the mullahs. I am so sick of Europe and their unending snobbery and self-righteousness. Been there many times, never going back. Hateful, nasty people with very few exceptions. I’ve watched hours of video where they interview the “average European” who expounds at length on how much they hate America and Americans, how stupid we are, how uneducated, unsophisticated…

        This educated, unsophisticated by choice, Deplorable American is not impressed with the brainwashed Communist sheep inhabiting the formerly great Europe. They deserve the mullahs.

        Any decent, Deplorable Europeans left (the one or two, I mean) are welcome to apply for US asylum and then citizenship. I’d love to call them fellow countrymen.

        Liked by 2 people

        • yucki says:

          When things go all pear shaped, I’m first in line for our Canadian brethren. Poor things don’t have the Electoral College, so there but for the grace of G-d go we.

          Europeans? Been there, done that.
          Later, babe.


    • Robert Smith says:

      No doubt the EU will pay dearly for their blatant support of the murderous Iran regime as it wobbles closer to collapse. Trump has withheld his fire on the EU. I think there are going to be some very uncomfortable pressers this NATO conference.

      Liked by 2 people

  7. Johnny says:

    Check mate before all pieces are on the board.

    Not tired of winning!

    How can you not respect and love our President, Donald J Trump

    Liked by 7 people

  8. barnabusduke says:

    Gonna need a little wine with that whine! MAGA!

    Liked by 2 people

    • amazed treetop downlooker says:

      Yup…CALIFORNIA wine, skil vou plait ,


      • amazed treetop downlooker says:

        S’il vou plait !!!

        Liked by 1 person

      • wildsailor2018 says:

        Nope, Michigan wines. The California State government protested the Feds helping the US auto industry back in 2008 saying “they need to go out of business because they build junk.” Anything from California can go straight up their ar$e as far as I am concerned.

        Liked by 2 people

        • yucki says:

          Hard cider from all those fine Michigan apples.


        • Brian in CA4 says:

          Agreed Wildsailor….as a lifelong Californian and frequent winery tourist I can tell you that California has so many good vintages, in many other areas other than just Napa/Sonoma. That being said, there are also other parts of our beautiful country that produce very good wines and we should support them. Paying a premium for CA wine is a waste of your money. Find your nearest vintner that makes a quality bottle and support them.


          • Chuck says:

            I would agree. There are some excellent wines produced in Western Colorado; also in Washington state and some from New Mexico. It has been decades since I last bought a French wine. Going forward I shall avoid Kalifornistan wines too.


      • Rockindubya says:

        Not much of a wine connoisseur, but my wife tells me that Texas wines are just dandy…


  9. Gunner says:

    Example #327,891 why our Republic does not need a a politician handling the reins. (And the same example # of why the left is losing their collective minds).

    Liked by 11 people

  10. Payday says:

    Our VSG just declared economic war with the EU…and all their synchophants. It’s a war he knows politically he can’t lose. What a way to rally the people! And yet the wailing we’ll hear from them, and I the fake News, will be enormous.

    He’s going to get the whole country behind him as he takes on the leaches. Stoopid, stoopid, leftists…

    Liked by 10 people

    • FrankieZee says:

      And those African Americans who left the plantation and are voting for Trump ain’t never going back. That has to frighten the hell out of the KKK party.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Robert Smith says:

      Voters may or may not support Trump as their personal choices will dictate. BUT, most voters know we’ve, the citizens, have been bent over by our politicians for the rest of the world to take advantage of. I agree, Trump has strong support on this.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. noswamp says:

    All I have to say is: Brilliant!

    Liked by 4 people

  12. Kent says:

    …level playing fields suck….


  13. littleanniefannie says:

    Mon Dieu! Vive notre President!

    Liked by 5 people

  14. Gregreyalan says:

    It’s it great.
    Sure would be interesting if the media.
    THE MOST POWERFUL PROPAGANDA/informational delivery system
    Ever devised…..
    Would get on the Train….

    Wanting The citizens of America, to do as
    well as possible financially, would seems to be
    a goal that would be universally desired and
    (Especially when it not a “trickledown” economic plan, but rather one aimed at the common folk, of the Expanding MAGA movement.)

    If the “Country” we live in, and Hopefully LOVE
    or at least like a lot.
    Is made up of people who don’t have that desire, maybe as configured,
    the Current boundaries and Nationalistic Ideas/ beliefs need to be



  15. Justin Green says:

    The people that let this get this far should be fired. All of them. And if they’ve already retired and died, they should be dug up, fired, then reburied.

    Liked by 8 people

  16. Bendix says:


    Liked by 2 people

  17. MitchRyderDetroitWheels says:

    Little Macaroon has been running the mouth about NATO leading up to Trump’s visit and The Don just slapped the little POS. He might run to his owners the Rothschilds.

    Liked by 10 people

    • The Devilbat says:

      Bravo, You got his owners name right. Not enough people understand that it is the Rothschild’s who are behind everything bad that has ever happened since the days of Napoleon Bonaparte. they have brought us all the wars and all the horrible problems that our country and the people of the rest of the world have had to face.


  18. bullnuke says:

    Euro weenies will write strongly worded editorials claiming they are being bullied by the strongest economy in the world. How dare the USA want even more winning.

    Liked by 5 people

    • Harvey Lipschitz says:

      I am a fresh water economist and educated/trained psychologist before that. I call this intervention “reality therapy”. Trump is facing resistance to behavior modification. He is both a big picture guy and a small details person. He knows Rocket Man is slobbering at the thought of getting a McDonalds.

      It is so simple to see we consume more than we produce and they need us to buy their stuff to give them dollars to sustain their economies.

      US is 30% of planet’s GDP.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Robert Smith says:

      But they told everyone the 21st century was the European century.


  19. Ausonius says:

    Sorry, but this is my only response to the plight of the Frogs:


    Liked by 1 person

  20. albertus magnus says:

    That is what you call an America-loving President and Administration.

    Thank you, sir!

    Still not tired of winning!

    Liked by 4 people

  21. lieutenantm says:

    Dig em up. Fire em! Rebury em !n HA!

    Liked by 1 person

  22. In the top picture, I like to believe PRESIDENT TRUMP is thinking, this guy. Insert eyeroll. Wait until I show him what I’m doing for the USA next.


  23. Curt says:

    Does Donald Trump and his team ever rest? We are truly blessed to have this man at this time…

    Liked by 7 people

  24. dallavise says:

    Uh, am I wrong in saying this is a transfer of wealth from US tech companies and countervailing companies to US/France govts? Trump involved? Wink. Nod? Not like they are spending their money to help him. Quite the opposite.


  25. sundance says:

    Liked by 11 people

  26. A2 says:

    Andrew A. Michta
    It is ironic that while for 3 yrs the Trump administration has been criticized for allegedly “disrupting
    @NATO, ” in reality US commitment to the defense of Europe has grown, while today in the run up to London it is France that seems poised to disrupt resourcing the alliance.

    Liked by 4 people

  27. Shyster says:

    Macron and the rest of the EU morons will just not accept the reality that there are no more free lunches where they can steal from the US like the old days and were just gonna sit there and smile and say “thank you sir, may I have another please”. PDJT is the sheriff and boys, there’s a new sheriff in town!

    Liked by 10 people

    • vikingmom says:

      And we’re all supposed to be so awed by their historic culture…yeah, no thanks! We have saved their butts move times than I care to think and I am sick and tired of American tax dollars supporting and protecting the very same people who look down on us as uncouth, bragging about their superior Socialist societies, but never acknowledging that they only have those because of all the money they get from us through free military protection and unfair trade deals!!

      Liked by 8 people

  28. The Liberal/Commie/Demon Rats and their buddies in the Uni-party and elsewhere do not deserve to have a President such as our own President Trump.

    While the greatest POTUS in modern history works on a DAILY basis to make and keep America great, all that the Demonic Servants of Satan can think of is finding new ways to destroy and scuttle the work that this great man is doing, FOR ALL OF US, including those scumbuckets who are trying to un-do all of his amazing accomplishments.

    Not a day goes by that our President Trump does not succeed at accomplishing one monumental task or another. As somebody else mentioned, does he ever sleep?

    Today our President Trump is out performing miracles apropos of Europe and the NATO meeting and what are the Demonics up to? Half their “leadership” is at some bogus climate change junket on the taxpayers’ dime and the other half is working on a bogus impeachment attempt in DC.

    They are so depraved they can’t even take the advantages that have been given to them on a silver platter by our great POTUS. They should all rot in hell- And that goes for the rank and file Demonics as well, who supposedly are such wonderful people.

    We have been blessed these past few years to have a true Knight in shining armor as our President. May the Good Lord see fit to give him another term so that he may continue to protect and defend our Country and our Constitution. #KAGA2020AND4EVER.

    Liked by 11 people

  29. Duane Tharp says:

    I wonder how much “appreciation” facebook / twitter et. al. will afford the man now….seeing as how he is covering their butts with this as well….

    Liked by 1 person

  30. Landslide says:

    If anyone wonders how PDJT (and others on his economic team) got to be billionaires, pay attention! They are strategic, relentless, determined, and work non-stop. They are always ten steps ahead of their peers and enemies alike. Amazing stuff.

    Liked by 10 people

    • Robert Smith says:

      Imagine Trump saying to them that we will reshape the world’s economic system. I would add that this is likely the dream job for the economic team. And they love what they are doing. Businessmen beating the world’s politicians like a baby seal.

      Liked by 1 person

  31. Magabear says:

    This will raise the price on all the stuff I buy from France…………oh, wait, I can’t think of anything I buy that’s made there. 😉😄

    Liked by 8 people

  32. weirdflunky says:

    And every one of the companies he’s defending hate him and are actively trying to remove him and or defeat him in the next election. Every single one.

    Liked by 12 people

  33. SHV says:

    I’m eagerly waiting for the tariff ax to fall on the neck of the German economy. 41% of German GDP is exports and China is a declining market, especially for high end German cars.

    Liked by 6 people

  34. Elric VIII says:

    I like them grapes just fine. And no, I’m not tired of winning. The Democrats and much of the Globalist world are spinning around like whirling dervishes. Sooner or later they will get dizzy and hit the ground.

    Liked by 2 people

  35. CopperTop says:

    exponential smoothing. Statistical technique for detecting significant changes in data by ignoring the fluctuations irrelevant to the purpose at hand…(Just a fun little leftover 90s business school note.)

    What POTUS TRUMP is able to ignore is astounding.

    KAG and WINNING.


  36. Bone Fish says:

    Is it PC heresy to point out all tariffs on imports, be it French, Chinese or otherwise are borne by American consumers?


    • Rhoda R says:

      Only if those consumers want to buy the tariffed products. Somehow, I don’t think mos Americans depend on French imports for their survival. Of course, it is going to be hard on the hundred or so firms that DO depend on French imports.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Bone Fish says:

        It appears vast majority of French exports to America are not consumer direct products, making it very difficult for American consumers to notice the import tariffs they’ll be paying.

        Top 10 French Exports to the US in 2018

        France’s exports to America amounted to
        $45.3 billion or 8% of its overall exports.

        1. Machinery: $9 billion
        2. Aircraft, spacecraft: $4.9 billion
        3. Pharmaceuticals: $4.6 billion
        4. Beverages: $4.1 billion
        5. Ships, boats: $2.6 billion
        6. Electronic equipment: $2.5 billion
        7. Medical, technical equipment: $2 billion
        8. Perfumes, cosmetics: $2 billion
        9. Leather, animal gut articles: $1.1 billion
        10. Organic chemicals: $1 billion


    • GB Bari says:

      It’s not heresy as much as it is outright wrong. Apparently you missed a Sundance’s article posted only last week.

      Liked by 4 people

      • Bone Fish says:

        Disclaimer: This Whiskey Tango has never been an anti-Trumper:

        GB Bari, that’s not how tariffs work. Tariffs are a tax on imports paid by U.S. registered importers (middle men) to U.S. customs for goods they import into the United States.

        The retail cost of most everything has been going up in part because importers must (have no choice other than) pass the entire cost of tariffs on to the next guy.

        In light of America’s extreme trade deficit, this whiskey tango suspects Trump’s increased tariffs are being used to augment interest payments on ‘trade deficit bonds’ that would otherwise come from QE (currency printing) to cover the shortfall.


        • GB Bari says:

          You missed the discussion about currency devaluation by major exporting nations (like China, and now France), as well as the discussion of how much of the costs paid by the importers do not get passed on to the end consumers, but are offset by exporters’ added product at no charge, lowered costs, also that a percentage of those tariff costs are absorbed to keep end prices competitive. This isn’t my speculation. This has been confirmed by several experts close to the process.
          You are merely regurgitating the anti tariff globalists’ (and anti Trump media’s) primary talking point.

          Liked by 3 people

    • Andy Krause says:

      The tariff is paid immediately by the importer. The supplier that sells to the importer has to cut their price. If the cost of the tariff is past on to the wine consumer then the number of wine consumers for that wine will shrink. The price of wine is elastic.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Andy says:

      Would you buy a $25 bottle of French champagne for $50? I didn’t think so.


      • Dutchman says:

        Hell, I wouldn’t buy a $25 bottle of French champaign, for $25.
        As for BRANDY, I am quite content with American brandy, thank you.

        There is NOTHING I ‘absolutely ‘ HAVE to have, that comes from France.

        In fact, lets bring back “Freedom fries”!

        Liked by 4 people

    • scrap1ron says:

      Power of the purse. Many people won’t buy those imports.

      Liked by 2 people

  37. 335blues says:

    I never get tired of saying that President Trump is easily the greatest President in my lifetime.
    And, IMO, he is already in the top 5 of all time.
    His exact position in the top 5 will be determined by his second term.

    Liked by 2 people

  38. GB Bari says:

    Well played, Mr. President.
    Very well played.

    Liked by 4 people

  39. PatriotUSA says:

    To the rest of the world; this is what WINNING looks like. MAGA!

    Liked by 2 people

  40. Glad I got my French wine the holidays already (Beaujolais Nouveau).


  41. Tuduri says:

    Ho Hum. I prefer American cheese and wine.

    Liked by 1 person

  42. Duke says:

    Long time lurker here. Looks like PDJT might be turning the information controllers over to his side with this move as well.


  43. Andy says:



  44. Dutchman says:

    The common image, of anyone who goes up against Trump.
    “Hah, NOW we GOT him,…RIGHT where he wants us,…! Merde! HOW does he,DO that???”
    And the expression on their face, is EXACTLY the expression of the coyote, before he starts to fall..
    GOD, I love the smell of schedenfrude, any time of day or night!
    Its the smell of,…VICTORY!

    Not tired of winning, yet Mr. PRESIDENT!

    You just keep throwing them strikes!
    We’re RIGHT behind you, ALL the way!


  45. tonyE says:

    Zur Alors! I better go to Costco soon to load up on the NV Veuve Cliquot.


  46. Patriot1783 says:

    President Trump should whisper to Macron at some point, think these tariffs hurt, wait til after I’m re-elected 😂


  47. Rynn69 says:

    Hehehehehehehe. Hehe.


  48. US says:

    Could it be that the problem that the French cheese eating surrender monkeys have is shame Of their National Army? They will feel their Vichy Surrender more deeply now they are against America once again. De Gaulle fooled many Canadians, but USA dominance and the unrealized French debt of gratitude is crystal clear now. Also, Charles De Gaule was taller than little Macron and his grandmother. I do like Rochefort Cheese but since Donald Trump has made US wealthy again I could.afford it at 100% tariffs should I want to. I am an American and the French Nation despices US. I remember, as if seared in my memory, Monsieur de Villepin at the United Nations ridiculing US as it were yesterday. Never forget, friends or enemies.


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