WASHINGTON — The Trump administration may punt a decision on whether to slap tariffs on European automobiles as efforts of German automakers to highlight their new investments have helped in the talks, people familiar with the White House deliberations said.
In May, President Donald Trump gave himself a deadline of mid-November to decide whether to impose levies on cars and auto parts from the European Union. The EU threatened to retaliate with tariffs on $39 billion of American goods if the president carried out his threat.
Trump is expected to extend this week’s deadline again, according to people familiar with the plans, but the president has not yet made a final decision.
The White House declined to comment on Monday.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in an interview with Bloomberg TV earlier this month, signaled that a postponement was likely.
“Our hope is that the negotiations we’ve been having with individual companies about their capital investment plans will bear…