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Clay Curtis
May 20, 2019

Trump is delaying auto tariffs while US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, talks to representatives from the European Union and Japan about a perceived threat from imported cars and auto parts.

In February, the US Commerce Department presented the president with a report arguing that foreign automobile imports represented a threat to US national security.

The metal tariffs are linked to a broader free trade agreement, the newly negotiated Nafta, called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

According to the daily, Trump's decision removes the threat of an all-encompassing global trade war and allows him to focus on pushing China to agree to Washington's trade terms as well as pressuring Europe and Japan to reach a trade deal before the 2020 election.

The president says he'll decide whether to take further action in 180 days if more robust protection is needed.

Automakers warned the tariffs cost hundreds of thousands of auto jobs, dramatically raise prices on vehicles and threaten industry spending on self-driving cars.

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Trump said the proposal would also limit family-based sponsorship to children and spouses of USA citizens. "I have also considered the renegotiated United States-Korea Agreement and the recently signed USMCA, which, when implemented, could help to address the threatened impairment of national security", it said.

Several Republican lawmakers and business executives expressed their concerns that "Trump is merging his national security and trade goals in a blur of tactical improvisation that risks alienating USA allies and opening American businesses to costly retaliation", according to a report by The Strait Times on May 2018. Trump was to make a final decision by Saturday following a 90-day review period of the report.

"History has shown that limiting import vehicles and parts is counterproductive in creating jobs, stimulating the economy and influencing consumer buying habits", Toyota countered. "We won't anymore once we get this passed".

"The current laws "discriminate against genius" and "discriminate against brilliance" because most of the legal immigrants are low-skilled people who would make low wages", said Trump. The White House has refused to release the auto import study to Congress.

Friday's proclamation was intended "to protect the American automobile industry, its workforce, and American innovation", the White House said in a statement.

The United States also has barriers to imports, most notably a 25 percent tariff on pickup trucks from outside North America.

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