When Europe’s top bureaucrat responded to President Donald Trump’s angry promise on steel and aluminum tariffs, his choice of words could have come from the American president himself, a man known for lobbing his own shallow pejoratives.
“Stupid” is what Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, called Mr. Trump’s vow to impose tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum imported into the United States. “We can also do stupid. We also have to be this stupid,” Mr. Juncker said.
He was speaking in Hamburg, Germany, home to the third-largest container port in Europe and a linchpin of the Continent’s import and export businesses. There, Mr. Juncker outlined the European Union’s proposed responses to Mr. Trump’s provocation: First, it would impose its own tariffs on iconic American products, including motorcycles, whiskey and oranges.