Top Republican Ryan leads GOP backlash against Trump tariffs

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan

Members of the Republican Party have openly discussed moving to block the proposed tariffs through the introduction of legislation created to nullify any changes, but securing the votes to do so could now be even harder due to the unexpected support on the issue for President Trump from across the aisle.

"Congress can not be complicit as the administration courts economic disaster", the Arizona senator said.

"I think we're going completely the wrong direction", Flake said.

The news of Flake's bill comes just one week after President Trump announced he would place 25 percent tariffs on imported steel and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum from all countries that send metal to the U.S.

There will nearly certainly be broad legal challenges of the Trump administration claim that protecting US steel and aluminum producers is necessary for national security, John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Republican senator, said Friday.

Historically proponents of free trade, several Republicans dubbed the measures "stupid" and "misguided" - if the United States increases the cost of both materials, they hold, American producers of vehicles and other products will suffer setbacks on the global playing field, and consumers will pay more. He has vowed to counter Trump's proclamations on tariffs.

So now it appears Canada, our top exporter of steel, and Mexico, our fourth most important steel exporter, will be exempt from the tariffs, significantly weakening the impact of the policy. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat who has been touted as a potential 2020 presidential candidate, said in recent interviews that she saw a role for tariffs as part of us trade policy.

"I generally support the president on just about everything, but I think he's been misled, there are some people down there who have been misleading him on some of these things", Hatch continued. "He's had me down there twice to listen very carefully". Others have said Congress needs to claw back some of the constitutional authority on trade that they have willingly handed over to the executive branch over the years.

Trump has defended his decision on Twitter, saying that trade wars are "good and easy to win".

Ryan urged Trump to be more "surgical", while McConnell noted on Tuesday that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) had been a "winner" for his state. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), have argued that they are at risk of becoming "normalized".

Wisconsin's three highest-ranking Republicans - House Speaker Paul Ryan, U.S. Sen.

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