Speaking on BBC Radio 4 Today’s Programme, the chair of the European Union’s international trade committee said Donald Trump‘s tariffs are “illegal” and insisted the EU would “make some countermeasures, no doubt about”.
Mr Lange said he would like to see tariffs imposed on “symbolic” US products such as Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
He said: “We chose also some symbolic products like Harley-Davidson to make clear here is a red card.
“I’m convinced, I’ve spoken to senators and members of the house and they understood this message.”
Fears of a tit-for-tat tariff battle intensified when European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker hit back with a threat of immediate reprisals.
“This is a bad day for world trade,” he said.
“We will immediately introduce a settlement dispute with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and will announce counterbalancing measures in the coming hours.
“It is totally unacceptable that a country is imposing unilateral measures when it comes to world trade.”
Duties on American imports to Europe including orange juice, peanut butter and a string of other products are expected to be imposed by the EU.
EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said throughout negotiations stretching over the past months, the US had tried to use the threat of trade restrictions “as leverage to obtain concessions from the EU”.
She said: “This is not the way we do business, and certainly not between long-standing partners, friends and allies.”
Mr Trump had originally imposed the tariffs in March, saying a reliance on imported metals threatened national security.