Trump Says Trade Deal Will Determine Outcome on Auto Tariffs

President Donald Trump shakes hands as he meets with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in the Oval Office, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Donald Trump says tariffs on imported vehicles from Europe are something “we certainly think about” and a final decision depends on the United States and the European Union reaching a trade deal.

Trump was asked about the prospect for tariffs on auto imports before a meeting Wednesday with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

Trump says the two countries have a “great trade relationship” but complained about the U.S. running a trade deficit with the EU.

The Commerce Department has investigated whether imported vehicles and parts pose a threat to national security. The president could impose tariffs if the department concludes they are such a threat.

Trump says the EU is “very tough to make a deal with” and adds, “If we don’t do the deal, we’ll do the tariffs.”