(WASHINGTON) – French President Emmanuel Macron calls for the US decision to impose tariffs on the European Union "illegal" and "a mistake".
Macron deplores US action and wants to speak with him US President Donald Trump told him that later Thursday
The French president said customs tariffing is not in line with international trade law, which the United States States, France and Europe have signed. He emphasized that there would be a European answer.
Macron, the first foreign head of state to be invited by Trump for a state visit, said the US president's decision was a mistake because it created economic and commercial nationalism.
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The World Trade Organization boss expresses" very real concern "about rising trade tensions and the risk of escalation.
Comment by Director-General Roberto Azevedo Comes In The Result of US Trade Officers on Imported Steel and Aluminum
But he says the global trading system "was built to solve these problems in a way that prevents further escalation . "
The European Union is planning to oppose its new US tariffs on steel and aluminum to the World Trade Organization on Friday
If this happens, the 28-member EU would use China and India in triggering the WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism join American commercial penalties.
With regard to the WTO, the EU would give a second answer to the tariffs. $ 1.6 billion has already been prepared to retaliate against US goods such as steel, orange juice, motorcycles and bourbon whiskey.
WTO proceedings could open the door to further penalties and increase pressure on Washington, although the process traditionally takes many months, years.