FILE PHOTO: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer speaks to an aide after he leaves a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump is delaying a decision by up to six months on whether to impose tariffs on imported cars and parts to allow for more time for trade talks with the European Union and Japan.

Trump faced a Saturday deadline to make a decision on recommendations by the Commerce Department to protect the U.S. auto industry from imports on national security grounds.

Trump directed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to pursue negotiations and report back within 180 days. He has said