In a new interview with French newspaper Journal du Dimanche, the Ad Astra actor — who also owns a French vineyard with ex Angelina Jolie — was asked his feelings about a tariff Trump has publicly considered imposing on French wine.
“I do not know,” Pitt said, noting that he didn’t “know enough” about the issue.
“I think we will always drink rosé in the United States,” he said, adding that ultimately, whether or not Trump does impose tariffs on French wine, there are much bigger issues at stake.
“Unfortunately, it’s almost anecdotal. Trump represents a much bigger threat on such more serious issues,” he said.
Pitt and Jolie bought the Miraval Estate in Provence in 2012, and despite their split, they remain committed to their winemaking.
Chateau Miraval’s award-winning line of wines includes its signature rosé which they have been selling since 2013, and was ranked as one of the top wines in the world. (Trump also has a winery in Charlottesville, Virginia.)
Although Pitt has not spoken about Trump extensively, he has criticized the politician in the past.
“Man, I never thought that [Brexit] would happen. Same way I can’t bring myself to think that Trump will be in charge. In the simplest terms, what brings us together is good, and what separates us is bad,” he said in a 2016 interview with the New York Times magazine, T.
The actor went on to reference a line from his 2015 film, The Big Short.
“When things are going wrong and we can’t find the reason for it, we just start creating enemies,” he said, adding that he’s tried to “understand” where Trump’s supporters are “coming from.”
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“Coming from Oklahoma, southern Missouri, which leans more toward a Trump voice, I try to understand it. It seems that the people who suffer the most end up betting for the party that would hurt them. And so I try to understand where they’re coming from,” Pitt added.
“Most Americans don’t have time to watch CNN, Fox and Al Jazeera,” he added. “They’re trying to make the rent, get the kids fed, they’re tired when they get home and they want to forget about everything. And so suddenly when this voice comes in — and it doesn’t have to be a voice of substance — saying he’s fed up with all of this, that’s the part that hooks into the DNA.”