Brad Pitt Warns France: Trump is a ‘Threat’ on ‘Serious Issues’
Hollywood star issues warning to French media while in Europe
Hollywood elite Brad Pitt has warned France that President Donald Trump is a "threat" on "serious issues" while speaking to French media.
While addressing the press, actor Pitt, who is in Europe promoting his new movie Ad Astra, was asked by a French news outlet about Trump threatening to impose tariffs on wines from France.
"I do not know [enough about the issue]," 55-year-old Pitt, told Journal du Dimanche.
"I think we will always drink rose in the United States," he continued.
"If there is a threat to the winemakers, it is a real concern."
He then proceeded to flip the topic, warning that he believes there are more important issues at stake during the Trump presidency.
"Unfortunately, it's almost anecdotal," he said.
"Trump represents a much bigger threat on much more serious issues."
According to the Daily Mail, Pitt has a financial interest in making sure that wines produced in France are sold freely in the United States.
Aside from his flourishing career as a Hollywood A-lister, Pitt is also the co-owner of the Chateau Miraval vineyard, which produces the best-selling Miraval Rose.
He co-owns it with ex Angelina Jolie, and they remain business partners.
The president in recent weeks has threatened to levy tariffs on French wine.
Trump is angry over French proposals to impose a tax on American technology giants.
Earlier this summer, the French government floated a proposal to collect a 3 percent tax on US digital companies who provided services in France.
The new tax will apply to tech companies that earn more than $825 million in revenue globally and $27.5 million in France.
That means companies like Amazon, Uber, Airbnb, Facebook, and Google will have to pay 3 percent of whatever revenue they generate in France.
Trump was angered by the proposal and threatened to hit back by slapping tariffs on French wine.
On July 26, he tweeted: "France just put a digital tax on our great American technology companies.
"If anybody taxes them, it should be their home country, the USA.
"We will announce a substantial reciprocal action on Macron's foolishness shortly.
"I've always said American wine is better than French wine!"
During high-level meetings at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France last month, France and the United States reached a deal to end the standoff, though Trump declined to say whether his threat of a retaliatory wine tax was off the table as a result.
The compromise struck between French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trump's White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow foresees France repaying companies the difference between the French tax and a planned mechanism being drawn up by the OECD.
Pitt and Jolie's vineyard is located in the southeastern French village of Correns.
Pitt and Jolie purchased the 2,500-acre estate in Miraval in 2011.
The couple paid 31 million euros, which is equivalent today to $34.1 million.