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With Steep Tariffs, Trump Loses Congressional GOP

The president levied global tariffs against American allies on Thursday, including Canada, Mexico, and the European Union. Most Congressional Republicans who have spoken out are opposed.

By NTK Staff | 06.01.2018 @10:15am
With Steep Tariffs, Trump Loses Congressional GOP

On Thursday, the Trump administration announced it will impose 25-percent tariffs on steel and 10-percent tariffs on aluminum from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union (EU).

President Trump tweeted a simple, two-word statement on Thursday, in response to his own tariffs:

He has lost important players in the congressional GOP with his latest trade move, though.

According to The Hill, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said:

“I disagree with this decision,” Ryan said in a statement after Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the new duties Thursday morning.

“Instead of addressing the real problems in the international trade of these products, today’s action targets America’s allies when we should be working with them,” he said.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), an occasional Trump critic, tweeted that Trump’s move was tantamount to making America “1929 Again.”

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who’s retiring from the U.S. Senate in part due to his disagreements with Trump, tweeted a Politico story and added “[t]his is no way to treat our allies.”

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who appeared at a rally with President Trump in Tennessee just this week, tweeted Trump’s tariffs are “the wrong approach.”

And Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), a Trump ally, called the tariffs “[b]ad news” that “invite retaliation.”

Indeed, Canada, Mexico, and EU have all announced some degree of retaliation in the hours since Trump imposed his tariffs.

Republican opposition to tariffs should not be surprising, but their outspoken opposition to Trump on the issue is.

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