White House delays decision on imported auto tariffs decision

[Original Post] FILE PHOTO: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer speaks to an aide after he leaves a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump is delaying a decision by up […]

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer speaks to an aide after he leaves a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump is delaying a decision by up to six months on whether to impose tariffs on imported cars and parts to allow for more time for trade talks with the European Union and Japan.

Trump faced a Saturday deadline to make a decision on recommendations by the Commerce Department to protect the U.S. auto industry from imports on national security grounds.

Trump directed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to pursue negotiations and report back within 180 days. He has said that some imported cars and trucks have weakened the U.S. economy and threaten to harm national security.

The auto tariffs face strong opposition in Congress including from many prominent Republicans.

Reuters and other new outlets reported earlier this week that Trump was expected to delay the decision.

Automakers have strongly opposed the tariffs, saying they would hike prices and threaten thousands of U.S. jobs.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe

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