President Donald Trump’s recently announcement that he was going to levy tariffs on foreign aluminum and steel has challenged the “free trade” consensus pushed by globalists throughout the world. The European Union has been particularly harsh in its criticisms toward the U.S. President. These criticisms, as pointed out by Brexit engineer and former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, are steeped in hypocrisy.
“Thank goodness, a world leader is calling out the European Union. When Trump announced 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum as tariffs, the European Union were the loudest critics in the world, saying how dreadful it was — without telling anybody they already put tariffs on aluminum and steel and on virtually every American product that comes into Europe,” Farage said during an appearance on “FOX and Friends” yesterday.
Farage, a fervent capitalist and defender of the market, is a fan of Trump’s trade policies because they are shaking up the internationalist status quo and putting globalists on the defensive.
“It is deep hypocrisy for the EU to be doing this. They have already put tariffs on aluminum and steel.… It’s OK for the European Union to do it, but it’s not OK for Trump to do it,” Farage said.
Farage rejects any talk that Trump’s recent change in policies would start a trade war, calling such speculation to be “absolutely ridiculous.”
“If the European Union want to retaliate by putting further tariffs on Tennessee bourbon, or Levi’s jeans or Harley Davidsons, they will find a tit-for-tat with German motorcars. So, I would say to the EU: All that Trump has done are the same things that you yourself have done. Leave it where it is. And if you want to push it, this man will not back down,” Farage said.
Farage also credited Trump for living up to his campaign rhetoric. He believes that Trump is a “guy of substance” and as Europe becomes used to Trump and his governing style, they will cry out for similarly “firm leadership” in their own countries.