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The Wall Street Journal: Trump says threat of auto tariffs is biggest weapon in trade disputes

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he sees his threat to impose global auto tariffs as his biggest weapon to extract concessions from trading partners, shedding more light on his broader trade policy strategy.

“You know, the cars are the big one,” Trump told Fox News in an interview broadcast Sunday. “We can talk steel, we talk everything. The big thing is cars.”

Trump was referring to a study launched by his administration in late May into whether to impose 20% tariffs on imported vehicles in the name of national security.

Administration officials have said no decision has been made on whether to actually do so, but they have suggested they are looking to make a decision before the November elections.

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