Trump Faces Tough Sell to Car Dealers Girding for Auto Tariffs



Jenny Leonard | Bloomberg

Car dealer Jim Smail in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, voted for Donald Trump in 2016 because he wanted a businessman in the White House. The U.S. president’s trade wars have changed his mind.

“I’ve learned my lesson,’’ says the president of Smail Auto Group, which sells U.S.- and foreign-made vehicles. “I thought that’s what we needed and I got what I didn’t expect, that’s for sure.’’

The next chapter in Trump’s effort to rewrite American trade policy may be delivered later this week, and it could be the most disruptive. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is set to conclude by Feb. 17 an investigation examining the national-security risk of auto imports. He’ll formally submit the report to the president and offer recommendations on what actions to take.

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