Trump Goes After French Wine In Response to France's Digital Service Tax

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Trump's trade war is about to shift focus to the EU. Consequences could be brutal and I am not talking about wine.

Trump Responds

Please consider Trump Targets French Wine While Threatening ‘Substantial’ Retaliation Against France for Digital Tax.

Earlier this month, France passed a 3% tax that will affect firms such as Facebook and Google that draw about $28 million or more in revenue from digital services in France. The Trump administration then started an investigation under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.

If, after the probe, the U.S. determines the tax is discriminatory or unreasonably targets U.S. firms, Trump could respond with tariffs. Trade experts considered Trump’s most likely response a 100% tariff on French wine — one of the country’s signature, symbolic products.

French Wine Irrelevant

A tariff on French wine is irrelevant. People who drink it are not all that price-conscious.

Rather, this will accelerate Trump's desire to punish the EU.

He will use this as part of his excuse to go after German cars and EU agriculture in general.

The consequences will be significant if this accelerates especially given the precarious state of manufacturing in General and Germany in particular.

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Question of the Day

Meanwhile, I exit with the question of the day.

Is that a purposely stupid statement by Trump or just plain stupid?

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (17)
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Jimymac
Jimymac

I like corvettes better than dodges, I don't own a corvette, but I like the way it looks. Can you and Caroline please find some critical thinking skills.

Sechel
Sechel

@Mish You're wrong and out of touch Mish if you think Americans are not price conscious when it comes to the consumption of Burgundy. Prices are out of control. It's a passion of mine and I've had to hunt for producers and areas of relative value. Not only me but I speak to people on social media and the price producers charge certainly comes up and is a huge factor in whether to purchase from one Village or producer versus another. It also impacts our decisions to purchase one vintage versus another.

Anyone who doesn't think this is a tax on American consumption of Burgundy and Bourdeaux is nuts

Trump also said American wine is better than French wine because the bottles look nicer.

abend237-04
abend237-04

Macron has simply built a 21st century toll booth, the first one on bits and bytes. Unfortunately, it will have the same effect as all other tool booths and bridges throughout human history...restraint of trade and lowering of living standards of all involved.

shamrock
shamrock

There are hundreds if not thousands of French wines available in the US for under $10. Price is very much relevant.

shamrock
shamrock

Hasn't Trump tweeted about 100 times how facebook,twitter, and google are out to get him? Now they are "Great American Technology companies"?

Herkie
Herkie

Wonder if it has anything to do with this:

"Trump Winery is a Virginia winery situated on Trump Vineyard Estates in Charlottesville, Virginia."

So, not just the home of the American Bund but also orange wine. (Or is that Orange's whines?)

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Tengen
Tengen

I like how people (and Trump) are outraged by these nickel-and-dime tactics, yet just two days ago we approved a $1.48T Pentagon budget. Hopefully sweating the small stuff and ignoring the big stuff turns out to be a winning strategy!

Mish
Mish

Editor

"Anyone who doesn't think this is a tax on American consumption of Burgundy and Bourdeaux is nuts"

Of course it's a tax - but many buyers of French wine won't give a a damn. Some will.

Regardless it's not that big a deal - An escalating trade war with the EU is

Greggg
Greggg

Just ought some luan plywood yesterday... 15 bucks a sheet? 10 years ago I paid 4 bucks a sheet. WTF? Oh, it was now produced with glue that' safe in California (and I do not live there) so that the termites don't get sick from eating it, oh and we have all kinds of tariffs on it.

Realist
Realist

As I always say: Trump doesn’t care about French Wine; nor does he care about American tech firms. All he cares about is finding an enemy to focus his supporters anger on so they forget about his own incompetence. It’s all misdirection, and his supporters eat it up and think he is doing a great job.

Every day brings a new target. He disparaged the city of Baltimore to focus his politics of hate on Elijah Chmmings.. He tells American born congresswomen to go back to the countries they came from and then has the audacity to call them racists.

It’s all about the politics of hate. He his pitting America against every country they used to call an ally, and he is dividing America itself, pitting Americans against each other. He is turning a once great country into the biggest ”shithole” in the world.

Mish is wrong when he says he still prefers Trump over Hilary. Trump is the lowest of the low. Worst President ever.

JustASimpleMan
JustASimpleMan

It puzzles me why anyone, other than the French bother with French wine anyway. My family and I quaff plenty of wonderful wine from Oz, Chile, Argentina, Italy, South Africa, California and Oregon. Even Israel and Lebanon produce some very drinkable wines at better prices than the equivalent stuff from France.

As for Champagne, English sparking wine regularly pans the French stuff in blind tastings, not surprising when you know that it was us who invented the "méthode champenoise" in 1662. Australia, Spain, Italy all produce equally good stuff but without a fancy label, full of false mystique about terroir.

Lets face facts - most French wines come from American grape vines that were shipped over when pests wiped out the native varieties and the Ozzies have put so much science and precision into wine making that the French were beating a path to their door to learn how to do it.

I hope Trump puts a 500% tax on French wine, it will give you folks in the US a bit of impetus to try better, less expensive stuff that comes with the name of the grape on the bottle rather than a picture of an old chateau on a hill top.

Glug, glug!

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

Why would americans (and other fools) import french wines anyway ? SNOBBERY , that s what it is All about ! It is all in our heads before we even drink it, but does that make french wine any better than say a average californian, australian, S African etc? Don t let the price guide you, it makes you look fckn stupid!