US House Speaker Ryan denounces Trump metals tariffs

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 13, 2018

Trump's exemptions on steel and aluminum products from Mexico and Canada did not satisfy lawmakers.

"If implemented these tariffs will do just what tariffs have always done".

"I mean, it would be a tough go in a Republican primary", Mr. Flake said on NBC's "Meet the Press". Both said they are continuing to lobby the president to change course.

President Donald Trump announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum on Thursday.

Trump invited the workers to speak.

"It undermines the benefits that the new tax law provides and runs counter to our goal of advancing pro-growth trade policies that will keep America competitive in the 21st century global economy", he said. Harmful trade policies like this will only hurt American consumers and businesses by driving up manufacturing costs and diminishing productivity.

He says politicians have for years lamented decline in the industries, but nobody has taken action. He also has said he thought Trump should be challenged, but the twist Sunday was that he agreed with Todd's question that such a challenger should be somebody "who espouses your (Flake's) views". And, you know, when we only represent just over 20% of the world's economy, only 5% of the world's population, if we don't trade, we don't grow. China, a frequent target of Trump's trade policy criticism, communicated it would do what is necessary to "take effective measures to protect China's rights". He says American manufacturers need to be protected on national security grounds.

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Walker on Thursday repeated his call for Trump to reconsider, saying "these tariffs will negatively impact key industries and employers in Wisconsin". Not so on free trade, apparently.

Trump also suggested Australia and "other countries" might be spared.

To block the tariffs, even temporarily, opponents would have to convince a judge that they're likely to win and that they'd suffer irreparable harm if the tariffs go into effect.

Even if there is an initial victory from a friendly court to stay Trump's tariffs, a case would face hard appeals, according to Mark Warner, a Toronto-based trade lawyer with MAAW Law who practices in the USA and Canada.

Since Trump suggested the tariffs earlier this week, opining that "trade wars aren't so bad", Republicans on Capitol Hill have been trying frantically but unsuccessfully to talk him out of it. The White House has not yet clarified the tweet. Other manufacturing-state Democrats like Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, applauded Trump's move.

"We'll show great flexibility", Trump told a gathering in the Roosevelt Room at the White House.

Trump has signed proclamations imposing 25 percent and 10 percent tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, respectively.

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