Conservative Christian Democratic Union party CDU parliamentary floor leader Volker Kauder addresses the CDU party convention in Essen, Germany, December 7, 2016. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Trump has already formally withdrawn the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, distancing America from its Asian allies, and vowed to renegotiate the U.S. free-trade deal with Canada and Mexico.
The tycoon-turned-president has also threatened German carmakers with a border tax of 35 percent on vehicles imported into the U.S. market, saying such a levy would help create more jobs on American soil.
“If Donald Trump imposes punitive tariffs on German and European products, then Europe should also impose punitive tariffs on U.S. products,” Volker Kauder, parliamentary floor leader of Merkel’s conservatives, told the Funke media group in an interview published on Saturday.
“We cannot accept everything,” Kauder added.
He said German officials would have to remind “our friends in Washington” that trade wars in the past had already shown that both sides only lost from such measures.
“We just have to say calmly and with self-confidence: If Trump carries out what …
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