WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday that President Donald Trump is delaying a decision for as long as 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.

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

It said, however, Trump agreed with findings that imported vehicles and parts can threaten U.S. national security, a designation likely to anger some U.S. allies.

The decision, at least for now, averts what was shaping up to be a new dramatic escalation in the Trump