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Automakers, Manufacturers Oppose Trump Call for Auto Tariffs

The president has cited national security concerns as the reason for slapping tariffs on imported steel and aluminum

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    Allies React to U.S. Tariffs on Aluminum and Steel

    The White House announced the U.S. would place tariffs on aluminum and steel from Mexico, Canada and the European Union. (Published Thursday, May 31, 2018)

    Automakers, manufacturers and classic-car enthusiasts are coming out against President Donald Trump's plan to consider taxing imported cars, trucks and auto parts.

    General Motors warned in a filing Friday with the U.S. Commerce Department that the threat of auto tariffs "risks undermining GM's competitiveness against foreign auto producers" by driving up the cost of imported components and raises the risk that GM will face retaliation in other countries.

    The National Association of Manufacturers said in its filing that the tariff plan would "put the U.S. manufacturing sector at a global disadvantage, undermining growth and job creation throughout the United States."

    And Toyota Motor North America said the tariffs "would have a negative impact on all manufacturers, increasing the cost of imported vehicles as well as domestically produced vehicles that rely on imported parts" — such as the company's Kentucky-built Camry.

    Trump Leaves US Allies Frustrated at G7 Summit

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    President Donald Trump left the G7 Summit early, leaving countries allied with the United States in a state of frustration over new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Amid that backlash, the White House has announced President Trump will leave earlier than originally planned, departing Saturday morning several hours before the G7 meetings end.

    (Published Monday, June 11, 2018)

    Friday is the deadline for public comments on Trump's call for a Commerce investigation into whether auto imports pose enough of a threat to U.S. national security to justify tariffs. The president has cited national security concerns as the reason for slapping tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, drawing retaliatory tariffs from the European Union, Mexico, Canada, Turkey and India.

    Car collector Guy Mace of Springfield, Missouri, was one of many classic-car enthusiasts who wrote in to call for used cars and parts to be excluded from any tariff. "Antique and classic cars (have) nothing to do with national security," Mace wrote. "A wide-ranging industry is involved in the collection of antique and classic cars, and literally thousands of car enthusiasts, auction houses, and repair/restoration shops derive their livelihood from this industry."

    AP Auto Writer Tom Krisher contributed to this report.