Theresa May says when Trump said he’d put “America first” he wasn’t joking.

Theresa May says when Trump said he’d put “America first” he wasn’t joking.

The US decision to slap a near 300 per cent tax on British/Canadian-built Bombardier planes, because of a legal action by US aero giant Boeing, is a huge slap in the face.

When Theresa May raced across the Atlantic to suck up to Trump , she was desperately trying to secure the promise of a UK-US post-Brexit trade deal.

She hoped showing she could deal with Trump would make the EU fall into line over Brexit.

Now she’s discovered that when Trump said he’d put “America first” he wasn’t joking.

The US decision to slap a near 300 per cent tax on British/Canadian-built Bombardier planes, because of a legal action by US aero giant Boeing, is a huge slap in the face.

It’s also a kick in the teeth to the 4,500 Bombardier workers in Northern Ireland whose jobs are now at risk because of bullying Boeing and tyrant Trump.

Now instead of holding hands with Trump, May is sitting on them.

We’ve been here before.

In 2002 George W Bush, another “America first” disciple, imposed an illegal tariff of up to 30 per cent on steel imports – to help in steel producing states like Pennsylvania and West Virginia, whose backing he needed to win re-election as President.

But instead of sitting on our hands, Britain – with the EU – began hitting back. We promised to retaliate and filed a case with the World Trade Organisation. They ruled America was wrong to impose the tariffs as there had been no import surge to justify it – and slapped Bush with $2billion in sanctions.

When Bush refused to back down, the EU threatened tariffs on US imports – from oranges from Florida to cars from Michigan.

Both were key swing states the President needed to get re-elected.

As soon as that threat was made, he backed down sharpish. So why the hell don’t we stand up with the EU to Trump too?

As Unite Assistant General ­Secretary Steve Turner has pointed out, by 2020, 25p out of every pound spent on UK defence will go to US factories and firms. That’s leading to British companies like BAE laying off 2,000 people, 400 in Hull, because the Government is buying more from overseas and not home.

It’s time we took back control of our aerospace trade and defence budget. Let’s fight fire with fire.

This government must demand, with the EU, a meeting with Boeing to get them to drop their legal action against Bombardier. If they refuse they should cancel all con­­tracts with Boeing and give them no further work. May’s government must protect jobs in Britain by using our tax money on British-designed and built defence equipment in a global economy.

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