Heard on the Hill

Donald Trump, who doesn’t drink, prefers the ‘look’ of American wine

President is considering imposing tariffs on French wine over country’s new digital tax

Trump wine was on display at The Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach, Fla., in 2015. (Dylan Rives/Getty Images for SOBEWFF file photo)

President Donald Trump said Friday that while he is a well-documented teetotaler, he prefers the appearance of American wines to their French counterparts.

“I’ve always liked American wines better than French wines, even though I don’t drink wine. I just like the way they look,” Trump said in the Oval Office on Friday.

Trump confirmed his administration was working on the possibility of imposing tariffs on French wine in response to France’s new digital tax.

“I might. I might,” Trump said in the Oval Office. “So, France put on a ⁠— a tax on our companies, you know that, and wrong, wrong thing to do. They should not have done it. So, I may do that.”

Trump, of course, has a business interest himself in this matter. One of his many business interests is the Trump Winery in Charlottesville, Va.

“American wines are great, and they didn’t do the right thing,” he said of France.

The president was nonetheless positive about French President Emmanuel Macron.

“I just spoke to him. I have a good relationship with President Macron, but they shouldn’t have done this,” Trump said. “They used to take advantage of the United States, but not with me as president.”

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