Trump threatens French wine in digital tax retaliation | 7/11/2019 | Staff
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US President Donald Trump on Friday vowed "substantial" retaliation against France for a tax hitting US tech giants, accusing his counterpart Emmanuel Macron of "foolishness" and issuing a veiled threat to impose tariffs on French wine.

"France just put a digital tax on our great American technology companies," Trump tweeted about the law, which is set to affect US giants Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.

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"If anybody taxes them, it should be their home Country, the USA," he added. "We will announce a substantial reciprocal action on Macron's foolishness shortly."

Trump hinted that the threatened countermeasure might hit one of France's export crown jewels—wine.

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"I've always said American wine is better than French wine!" the teetotal president said.

Deputy White House spokesman Judd Deere said Washington was "extremely disappointed by France's decision to adopt a digital services tax at the expense of US companies and workers."

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"The Trump administration has consistently stated that it will not sit idly by and tolerate discrimination against US-based firms," he said in a...
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