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Trade war

Trump delays auto-tariff decision on Japan and EU by 180 days

President says he will determine next action when period expires

Japan-made cars wait to be exported to the U.S. (Photo by Wataru Ito)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Caught in a sprawling trade dispute with U.S. rival China, President Donald Trump decided against declaring commercial war on America's friends: The White House said Friday that he is delaying for six months any decision to slap import taxes on foreign cars, a move that would hit Europe and Japan especially hard.

Trump is hoping to use the threat of auto tariffs to pressure Japan and the European Union into making concessions in ongoing trade talks.

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