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Amb. Grenell: Europe Envies US Economy Under Trump's Policies

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By    |   Friday, 04 October 2019 01:11 PM

As tariffs loom on $7.5 billion worth of tariffs on European goods, leaders in those countries "respect" President Donald Trump and how his policies have worked to improve the U.S. economy, U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell said Friday. 

"I'll tell you one thing, they respect him," Grenell told Fox News' Stuart Varney, after the show host asked him if the president is popular in Europe. "They know that his policies work and that's really the goal."

Meanwhile, the tariffs on European products such as commercial airliners and food items such as Italian cheese and French wine is the response to a World Trade Organization ruling that's been pending for 15 years, said Grenell, adding it came out during the recent G7 summit that European countries are envious of the United States' economy. 

Meanwhile, many countries in Europe are close to recession, but Germany has a surplus, as they have been "very responsible," said Grenell. 

"They've also been, I think, focusing on this Germany-first economic model," he said. "I have seen the discussions between President Trump and Chancellor Angela Merkel. The president has said look, you have higher tariffs in Europe on us on a number of products, you have a surplus, that surplus keeps growing so we want to make a freer and fairer system."

Grenell, meanwhile, said he did not want to comment on politics where Ukraine and the issues with Trump and the Biden family are concerned.

"Multiple U.S. administrations have been concerned about corruption in Ukraine," he said. "We just had an election in Ukraine...Europeans and Americans have been pretty united about combating corruption in Ukraine and I think we're all concerned to make sure that we can help this country move forward."

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As tariffs loom on $7.5 billion worth of tariffs on European goods, leaders in those countries "respect" President Donald Trump and how his policies have worked to improve the U.S. economy, U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell said Friday. 
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