This Is (Trade) War!
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You can come after avocados from Mexico, steel from Canada, or soybeans from China, but if you come after French cheese and wine you are going to have one very unhappy, brie-free woman on your hands! You may recall my despair over the effect the government shutdown had on our upcoming rosé season, so I am sure you can only imagine how I felt when I heard that Trump is threatening to impose extra tariffs on many European goods. This is every foodie’s worst nightmare!
In a characteristically crafted tweet, the POTUS identified a BIG problem that our country faces — that France “makes it very hard for the U.S. to sell its wines into France, and charges big Tariffs, whereas the U.S. makes it easy for French wines, and charges very small Tariffs. Not fair, must change!” Well, I can tell you from personal experience that French people take great pride in their wines (with good reason) and don’t want any new world rubbish on their store shelves, regardless of the cost.
If you’re thinking that this sounds vaguely reminiscent of someone throwing a temper tantrum after having their Tonka dump truck taken away because they weren’t playing nice with the other children, you’re right. The proposed increase of about $11 billion in tariffs is all in response to the EU giving subsidies for the European aerospace corporation Airbus. You know — Boeing’s competition — so that’s a BIG problem. Though, in light of recent events, maybe Boeing could use a little help, too.
We shall have to wait on pins and needles to see if these proposed plans actually come to fruition. For those of us, like me (and most other people my age), who live on a budget that leaves little room for splurging on wine, it may be a chore to get through the next 650 days of the current administration without a glass of Beaujolais Cru or a Cassis Rosé in hand.
Posted by Catherine