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BACKLASH: Trump’s Tariffs Not Sitting Well With GOP, Other Groups

Republicans from Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and other Midwest states – many of which produce soybeans – are pleading with Trump to reverse course.

By NTK Staff | 04.11.2018 @11:00am
BACKLASH: Trump’s Tariffs Not Sitting Well With GOP, Other Groups

President Trump’s decision to levy heavy tariffs against China, and the subsequent response from the Asian giant, are putting folks on edge in Washington, D.C.

Included in the tariff back-and-forth are soybeans, a big industry in midwestern states like Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska. According to Axios, Republican senators from those states, and perhaps others, have reached out to the White House to express their displeasure.

Mitch McConnell encouraged the senators to call Trump. One source told me:

“He said, ‘look if you want to have an impact on this call the president. Talk to him about it. Express your concerns.'”

But some of these red state Senators who represent farmers — think Iowans, Kansans, and Nebraskans — have already called the White House with their concerns. And based on the conversation at the Senate lunch, these GOP senators are not feeling comforted by the response.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg News is reporting that Trump’s tariffs are bringing together disparate groups who all oppose the escalating trade war.

Retail, agriculture, technology, manufacturing and other industries say the tariffs on $150 billion in Chinese goods are counterproductive to the goal of holding Beijing accountable for intellectual property theft and other trade practices. The groups are working to keep specific products off the U.S. list and trying collectively to keep levies from being imposed at all.

Many observers believe Trump will smooth everything over with China before the tariffs even have an opportunity to go into effect, and some say Chinese President Xi Jinping has already paved the way for that move. Stay tuned.

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