Italy's Campari America unit has hired Trump-connected Ballard Partners to handle trade and tariff matters.

The Milan-based company is the world's No. 6 spirits producer and owner of the Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, KY.

The EU has slapped a retaliatory tariff on US whiskey imports following President Trump's decision to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminum exports to the US.

While Campari believes free trade is in the interests of all parties, a spokesperson says since Wild Turkey Straight Kentucky Bourbon "is in its seeding phase in Europe, the duties on bourbon will not affect our growth plans for the brand nor the overall performance of the company."

Brian Ballard, who was Trump's top campaign fundraiser in Florida, and Syl Lukis, manager of Ballard's DC office, handle the business for Campari America, which is based in New York.

San Francisco-based Skyy Spirits, maker of Skyy Vodka, is the other key part of Campari America.