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Trade war

Trump threatens to boost auto tariffs on GM restructuring

President revisits 25% duty, while USTR to examine 40% levy on China

A Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car at General Motors Orion Assembly in Lake Orion, Michigan.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump hinted Wednesday that it is considering steeper tariffs on imported passenger vehicles, particularly from China, strengthening its protectionist stance in response to General Motors' plans to idle domestic and foreign factories.

If Washington imposed a 25% tariff on cars as it long has with small trucks, "many more cars would be built here" and GM "would not be closing their plants in Ohio, Michigan & Maryland," Trump tweeted.

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