President Trump has threatened to reignite a transatlantic trade war by imposing hefty tariffs on European vehicle imports.
The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to issue soon an opinion on whether auto imports endanger U.S. national security enough to justify import taxes.
Juncker said on Monday that he expected Trump to remain true to his word not raise auto tariffs, but if Trump imposed tariffs on European cars despite this agreement, the European Union would react immediately and not feel obliged to stick to its promise to buy more soybeans and liquefied gas from the United States.
"Secrecy around the report only increases the uncertainty and concern across the industry created by the threat of tariffs", the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association said in a statement, adding that it was "alarmed and dismayed".
"We believe the imposition of higher import tariffs on automotive products under Section 232 and the likely retaliatory tariffs against USA auto exports would undermine - and not help - the economic and employment contributions that FCA, US, Ford Motor Company and General Motors make to the USA economy", said former Missouri Governor Matt Blunt, the president of the American Automotive Policy Council.
Representatives from the White House and the Commerce Department could not immediately be reached. Known as a Section 232 investigation, its goal was to determine the effects of imports on national security and it had to be completed by Sunday.
The American Automotive Policy Council President Matt Blunt said higher tariffs and the EU's retaliation "would undermine - and not help - the economic and employment contributions" made by the three companies. Last year, Trump agreed not to impose tariffs as long as talks with the two trading partners were proceeding in a productive manner.
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"I love tariffs, but I also love them to negotiate", he said.
Last month, the European Union also approved the use of USA soybeans for the production of biofuels, which would further boost imports.
Major automaker groups said previous year the cumulative effect for the United States would be an $83 billion annual price increase and argued there was no evidence auto imports posed a national security risk.
The report was said to have contained findings of a government probe into whether imported vehicles pose any national security threat.
The report is rumored to designate such imports as a national security threat, though it wasn't immediately clear in what way that might be.
Canada and Mexico each won duty-free access to 2.6 million vehicles as part of a new North American free trade deal even if the administration moves ahead with the tariffs.