But in an interview with a German newspaper, Juncker said he was “fully informed” on the issue and that Trump “will not do it”.
“Trump will criticise a little, but there will not be tariffs on cars,” he told the Suddeutsche Zeitung published Friday.
If adopted, it would mark the latest escalation of the trade conflict between Brussels and Washington, coming only weeks after the US imposed new punitive taxes on European products worth $7.5 billion.
On November 3, US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross suggested Washington may not need to impose new customs taxes on auto imports.
“We’ve had very good conversations with our European friends, with our Japanese friends, with our Korean friends,” Ross said.