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Levin: Proposed Trump Deal on Trade, Tariffs with EU 'Is Good, If It's True'

Jonathan Mizrahi Michael Morris
By Jonathan Mizrahi and Michael Morris | July 26, 2018 | 12:29 PM EDT

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, TV host, author and American lawyer Mark Levin (Screenshot)

On his nationally syndicated radio show Wednesday, host Mark Levin lauded President Trump for the proposed deal between the United States and the European Union on trade, suggesting that an agreement on trade, tariffs “is good, if it’s true.”

“So, this is good, if it’s true, if it turns out to be accurate is what I’m saying,” stated Mark Levin. “If they actually can negotiate this – no tariffs and no subsidies – that’s the Levin position.”

Levin’s comments came after a meeting between President Trump and European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, wherein, as Sky news reports, “Mr Trump said he and Mr Juncker had agreed on Wednesday to ‘work together toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies’ on non-car goods.”

A transcript of Levin’s comments can be read below:

“Where the goal is to reduce or eliminate tariffs and subsidies on non-car products that are purchased. In the way sky news reports it, “Donald Trump has hailed a ‘very big day for free and fair trade’ after reaching a deal to avert a full-blown trade war with the EU.

“‘Following talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the White House, Mr Trump said the US and EU had agreed to work to resolve their current dispute.

“‘Last month, the US president slapped tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, [to prompt] tit-for-tat measures by Brussels, including tariffs on bourbon whiskey, Levi's jeans and Harley-Davidson motorbikes.

“‘… Mr. Trump had warned of retaliatory action on EU car makers.

“‘In a bid to de-escalate the quarrel, Mr. Trump said he and Mr. Juncker had agreed … to work together towards zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies.’”

“Now, Mr. producer, zero tariffs, zero subsidies, who has been preaching this? Who’s been preaching this and getting calls from some Trump supporters attacking me, that we need tariffs to protect our industries?

 

“Now there were some who said, ‘Look, this is a negotiating tool for the president,’ but that’s not what most said. Most said, ‘We need tariffs to protect our industries.’

“And what have I been arguing? No. Get It down as close to zero tariffs, zero subsidies as possible. Try and work it out with other countries. If they don’t go along, we can go along anyway. Just do it. Because money will flow into this country.

“You know, one of the things I meant to mention yesterday, in the past, is when you talk about an imbalance of trade with a country, one of the things that’s not considered are services and financial transactions. That’s a big deal for the United States. Just products. Just products. So it’s a phony number.

“Now they’re agreeing to work towards zero tariffs and zero subsidies on non-automobile products. I’m not 100 percent sure what that means. Does that include steel and aluminum? That would be great if it would include steel and aluminum, but I didn’t hear about steel and aluminum. So, we’ll need to know more as time goes on.

“But this has been my point. This has been my argument. The president didn’t campaign and say, ‘I want zero tariffs and zero subsidies if I can get it from other countries and so forth.’ That’s not what he campaigned on. They have genuflected somewhat over there at the White House because I think you, you Levin-ites out there, you’ve been heard. I think you’ve been heard by the White House, which monitors this show.

“That’s why I say, it’s one thing to criticize the president when we disagree with him, it’s another thing to try and sabotage him, which is what the left does, which is what the media do, which is what the democrats do, which is what the never-Trumpers do. That’s not what we do here. That’s not what I do.

“So, this is good, if it’s true, if it turns out to be accurate is what I’m saying. If they actually can negotiate this – no tariffs and no subsidies – that’s the Levin position. Is it not, Mr. producer? I won’t go back and play the audio over and over and over again, but that’s our position.

“And let’s see how this works out. And I hope it does.”


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