BRUSSELS (AP) — The head of the European Union’s executive has warned the United States that the bloc will not negotiate trade concessions under threat, a day after President Donald Trump granted the EU only a one-month extension on steel and aluminum tariffs.
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told the European Parliament Wednesday that the exemption should be “unconditional and permanent.”
Juncker added that “this should not happen between allies.”
The 28-country EU has warned that it will retaliate if Trump goes ahead with the tariffs by May 31, a development that could set off a trans-Atlantic trade war.
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“We will continue our negotiations with the U.S. but we will refuse to negotiate under threat,” Juncker said. “We are now, pure and simple, calling for their withdrawal.”