Friday, May 25, 2018

'We Won't Allow Ourselves to Be Blackmailed' Cecilia Malmström

''DER SPIEGEL: Ms. Malmström, have you already sent your congratulations to U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross?
Malmström: I don't see why I would do such a thing.
DER SPIEGEL: The two have successfully blackmailed the European Union. The EU is now ready to negotiate lower tariffs with the U.S. on things such as American automobiles.
Malmström: Hang on. We won't allow ourselves to be blackmailed and we don't negotiate when someone puts a gun to our heads. I have made this very clear to my American counterparts over and over again. Only when it is certain that the U.S. will not impose punitive tariffs on steel and aluminum from the EU will we be prepared to discuss those issues that are important to President Trump..''
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