Posted: Jun 12, 2019
Trump Visits Normandy, Threatens to Tariff French Wine
Donald Trump has a problem. Not a drinking problem—the president, a famous teetotaler, hasn’t touched a drop in decades. No, Trump is addicted to tariffs. And, like an alcoholic who wakes up naked on the Staten Island ferry with a tattoo of a box of marshmallow Peeps on his left ass cheek, he has hit rock bottom. In this case, rock bottom is dinging the economy with a Chinese trade war, threatening to bring down the hammer on Mexico before backtracking at the eleventh hour, and then declaring he’s going to slap tariffs on French wine.
Yes, Tariff Man spent Friday in Normandy, and his takeaway was that French wine has been given a pass for too long. “France charges us a lot for the wine. And yet we charge them very little for French wine,” Trump complained during in an interview with CNBC on Monday. “So the wineries come to me and say, ’Sir’—the California guys, they come, ’Sir, we’re paying a lot of money to put our product into France, and you’re letting’—meaning, this country is allowing—‘these French wines, which are great wines, but we have great wines too—allowing it to come in for nothing. It’s not fair. And you know what? It’s not fair. We’ll do something about it.”
According to Bloomberg, the U.S is currently “the biggest client for EU wine producers,” purchasing almost a third of the bloc’s exports in 2017. On the flip-side, the US accounts for just 16 percent of the EU‘s wine imports. (As Trump may not know, any tariffs on “French wine” would apply to every member of the European Union.) Last fall, amidst a Twitter tirade against French president Emmanuel Macron, Trump claimed that wine in the U.S. is just as good as the stuff they make in France. Trump, of course, owns Trump Winery, a Charlottesville vineyard run by Eric Trump whose product has been described as tasting like “Welch’s grape jelly with alcohol.”
By Bess Levin
June 10, 2019
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