On Geopolitics

For Trump's Auto Tariff Threats, Credibility Is the Name of the Game

Matthew Bey
Senior Global Analyst, Stratfor
Nov 15, 2018 | 22:22 GMT
This image shows vehicles traveling through Brooklyn. The White House will decide soon whether to claim the power to impose tariffs on auto imports it deems unfair.
Cars drive through afternoon traffic in Brooklyn on July 30, 2018, in New York City. 
(SPENCER PLATT/Getty Images)

You cannot have national security without economic security. That has been a rallying cry for President Donald Trump since he moved into the White House in 2017. Trade has been a particular area of administration focus, and with that has come scrutiny of the buying and selling of automobiles and parts. For the past three months, Stratfor has examined what would happen to the global auto market if the United States moved forward with the administration's proposed tariffs on imports of vehicles and parts. It appears as if the White House is close to a decision on whether it can claim legal justification to impose those levies....

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