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France Isn’t That Bothered by Trump’s Threatened Wine Tariffs

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Wine grapes on the vine Flickr/Michael Coghlan

You mean Trump could profit from a tariff on French wines?!

A few days ago President Donald Trump lashed out against the French government, which recently imposed the GAFA tax (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon) in order to get tech giants who rarely pay taxes to...actually pay taxes. Trump pledged “substantial reciprocal action on [Emmanuel] Macron’s foolishness,” and when asked if a tariff on French wine was on the table, said indeed it was an option. Please, reporters, stop reminding Trump about what he tweeted!

“I’ve always liked American wines better than French wines,” he gave as a reason. “Even though I don’t drink wine. I just like the way they look.” In what we’re sure is completely unrelated issue, were you aware that Trump has a winery based in America? The products of which were once described as “Welch’s grape jelly with alcohol”? A tariff on French wines would only help Trump’s wine business. Anyway, the French minister of agriculture Didier Guillaume called Trump’s threats “absurd” and “stupid,” and acknowledged “This is the third time the US president has threatened a tax, the third time in a year. We’ll see if he goes through with it.” Now let’s all take a moment to remember that time we made Jimmy Carter give up his peanut farm before becoming president.

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  • NASA wants to grow New Mexican chiles in space. [CBS News]
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  • All AM Intel coverage [E]

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