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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, are it again, this time over a French tax that triggered a Trump tariff threat on a prime French export: wine.
“I’ve always liked American wines better than French wines, even though I don’t drink wine,” Trump told reporters Friday after issuing the tariff threat. “I just like the way they look.”
Trump, who has been in the wine business himself, tweeted earlier in the day that his tariff threat stems from a new French “digital tax” affecting U.S. technology companies.
“If anybody taxes them, it should be their home Country, the USA,” Trump tweeted. “We will announce a substantial reciprocal action on Macron’s foolishness shortly.”
That’s where the wine threat came in.
The Trump administration has long warned the French about retaliation for the tax aimed at companies like Google and Facebook.
Macron’s government said the tax is fair to companies that make millions off French customers.
“We’re being confronted with the emergence of economic giants that are monopolistic and that not only want to control the maximum amount of data, but also escape fair taxes,” said finance minister Bruno Le Maire, speaking to the French Senate this month.
“It’s a question of justice,” he added.
Perhaps they will settle this latest flap over a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc or an American Merlot.
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