E.U. To Punish U.S. With Tariffs On Bourbon, Harley Davidson

Bourbon is made in Sen. Mitch McConnell's home state of Kentucky; Harley-Davidson is based in Paul Ryan's district.

Following President Donald Trump's Thursday announcement that the U.S. would begin taxing steel and aluminum imports, several global leaders responded in kind, threatening retaliation.

Among those threats is the European Union's consideration of tariffs on an interesting assortment of U.S. goods.

"We will put tariffs on Harley-Davidson, on bourbon and on blue jeans — Levi's,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on German television, according to Reuters.
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"We would like a reasonable relationship to the United States, but we cannot simply put our head in the sand," Juncker said.

Coincidentally, each of the products listed by Juncker correspond with the home states of Congressional leaders, though it is unclear if the association is intentional:

Harley-Davidson is based in Wisconsin, the home state of Speaker Paul Ryan (R); Levi Strauss & Co. is headquartered in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D) hometown of San Francisco; and bourbon is made in Kentucky, the home state of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R).

The EU was not alone in issue potential threats, leaving many to believe a trade war could be looming.

Roberto Azevêdo, the director-general of the World Trade Organization, expressed concern on Friday about the possibility of a trade war stemming from Trump's proposed tariffs.

“A trade war is in no one’s interests," he said. "The WTO will be watching the situation very closely."

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