German carmakers plan to meet with senior American officials at the White House on Tuesday, sources said, as US President Donald Trump considers imposing damaging tariff hikes on vehicles imported from the European Union.
German news agency DPA reported Sunday that top executives from Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW will engage in talks with US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, according to a source close to the matter.
When contacted by AFP there was no immediate comment from the three German auto titans. But a reliable source confirmed the high-level meeting “is scheduled to take place on Tuesday.”
German carmakers are hoping to convince Trump not to go through with threatened duties of up to 25% on imported cars, which would badly hurt US sales at a time when the Chinese market is already cooling down.
Trump agreed to a request from European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in July to delay imposing new tariffs while negotiations are ongoing.
But as recently as last week Trump indicated he was still in favor of using tariffs to protect the US auto industry.
– With reporting from Agence France-Presse