Donald Trump has ramped up the war of words with Europe over trade by threatening to impose punitive taxes on cars from the EU.

The US president vowed to retaliate against the EU after the bloc suggested it would hike tariffs on Harley-Davidson motorbikes, bourbon and American blue jeans.

The intervention will raise fresh fears about a major international spat over trade, as Mr Trump follows through on his pledge to stop America being exploited by other countries.

In a series of tweets yesterday, Mr Trump upped the ante by warning that the EU was taking the US ‘for fools’.

‘If the EU wants to further increase their already massive tariffs and barriers on US companies doing business there, we will simply apply a Tax on their Cars which freely pour into the US,’ he said.

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