Angela Merkel: US auto tariffs could start trade war
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned the Trump administration that hitting auto imports with new tariffs would have dire consequences. ''We now have tariffs on aluminum and steel and we have a discussion that is far more serious," Merkel told German lawmakers on Wednesday. "This is taking on the contours of a trade conflict — I don't want to use words that go any further. It's worth every effort to try and defuse this so that this conflict does not become a war.''