Correspondent in Washington
Friday night, President Trump’s trade representative raised the Airbus surcharge by 10% to 15%. The World Trade Organization (WTO) has authorized the United States to punish the European Union for $ 7.5 billion since last fall. The institution considers that Boeing has suffered a loss of this amount because of French, British, German and Spanish aid granted to Airbus for the launch of new models. For American Airbus customers, the additional turn is considered “tolerable”. The White House is aware of the need not to penalize American airlines that operate Airbuses too much. Especially since the European aircraft manufacturer employs a lot of American suppliers.
The United States has added a 25% tax on butcher and kitchen knives from France and Germany to its list of reprisals. They also