President Trump: Decision on auto tariffs coming 'very soon'

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump says he "will make a decision very soon" about whether to impose tariffs on imported cars and auto parts.

It was unclear whether he would meet a Wednesday deadline to decide.

In May, Trump declared that auto imports posed a threat to U.S. national security that could justify tariffs or other sanctions. But he put off a decision for six months, pending trade talks with the European Union.

Turning to a little-used weapon in U.S. trade policy, Trump also cited national security last year when he slapped tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

Targeting autos would mark a major escalation in Trump's aggressive trade policies. The United States last year imported $192 billion worth of cars and light trucks and $159 billion worth of auto parts.