European and German officials want to face Donald Trump head on over his protectionist “America First” policy.
Experts in the German economics ministry and the E.U. Commission are already hard at work assessing the possible impact of U.S. tariffs on European companies, and analyzing possible retaliatory measures.
Anton Börner, the president of the BGA Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services, said on Tuesday there was only one way to counter Mr. Trump: “We must be very tough and self-confident. That’s the only thing that impresses an entrepreneur like Trump.”
“Germany’s government and industry must take President Trump seriously. He only understands tough language. So it must be made clear that Trump will lose a lot more if we lose.”