Does this signal a stiffening of resolve on Obama’s part? Will he hold the EU and Airbus accountable for their blatant free-trade trade violations? That’s the decision Obama faces.
Congress has set an October deadline for the Obama Administration to report back to them on the status of the tanker contract, specifically calling on Obama to consider the WTO’s decision.
If Obama cited the WTO ruling as a reason to exclude Airbus from the tanker competition, or demanded that the Air Force calculate the illegal subsidies into the price of the Airbus bid, he would save tens of thousands of American jobs, strengthen America’s defense, and unite Democrats and Republicans behind a serious policy that foreign countries must comply with the terms of our free-trade agreements.
If that’s not a great political opportunity for the President, I don’t know what is.