Hatch calls 232 tariffs 'misguided;' Flake promises legislation to counter Trump's actions

Hatch calls 232 tariffs 'misguided;' Flake promises legislation to counter Trump's actions

The president was surrounded by steel and aluminum workers as he explained his decision at a White House ceremony.

A top Senate Republican is expressing deep concerns that President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE's latest call for tariffs will undermine the tax-cut law expected to bolster the nation's economic growth.

"I disagree with this action and fear its unintended consequences", Ryan said in a statement.

Hatch argues that the proposed across-the-board 25 percent tariffs on all imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum "would miss those countries whose unfair trade practices have caused global overcapacities in steel and aluminum and would hit American businesses and families instead".

Republicans do not like these tariffs.

Trump said he was "defending America's national security" by imposing the tariffs. "Our factories were left to rot and to rust all over the place", Trump said. He signed separate proclamations ordering the tariffs.

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Both houses of Congress have Republican majorities.

And while there are limits to what they can do to stop it, members are contemplating measures that could block the president from fully implementing his proposal.

Trump moreover found little support among Democrats, even though that party is historically more protectionist.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have spoken out against the tariffs.

"Unless the president reverses course, it will be American consumers, workers and families who will lose", Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California said. "I will immediately draft and introduce legislation to nullify these tariffs, and I urge my colleagues to pass it before this exercise in protectionism inflicts any more damage on the economy". He said he plans legislation that would nullify them. Trade wars are not won, they are only lost.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, a Texas Republican, praised Trump for exempting Mexico and Canada from tariffs - for now - and said the White House should "go further to narrow these tariffs so they hit the intended target -- and not USA workers, businesses, and families".

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