US House Speaker Ryan denounces Trump metals tariffs

US House Speaker Ryan denounces Trump metals tariffs

Republicans on Capitol Hill were at least saying the right things last week by criticizing the tariffs, from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn. Trade is now the issue that has driven the most distance between Ryan and the president he reluctantly endorsed during the campaign.

Otherwise, they argue that Trump's suggested tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum would do broad damage across the USA economy just as the tax-cut law is kicking in to boost growth.

"We are writing to express deep concern about the prospect of broad, global tariffs on aluminum and steel imports", they wrote to the president in the letter first drafted earlier this week.

Even before entering politics, Trump the businessman and real estate developer railed against what he viewed as unfair trade practices that left the US economy and American workers vulnerable.

In fact, 12 of the 15 states that will likely take the biggest tariff hits are red states, according to new analysis from the Brookings Institute.

Jeff Flake has threatened to introduce legislation to nullify the President's tariffs if they are anything like what Donald Trump is predicting.

Trump said he was "defending America's national security" by imposing the tariffs.

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Ryan is trying to persuade voters to elect Republicans and allow the party to keep control of the House by highlighting the GOP's successful drive to cut taxes for corporations and many individuals.

Notably, no Republican lawmakers attended the White House event.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, attends a news briefing with other GOP lawmakers on January 31, 2018 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

"Unless the president reverses course, it will be American consumers, workers and families who will lose", Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California said.

Politico reported on legislative ways Republicans in Congress could derail Trump's plan.

The update came as congressional Republicans and business groups braced for the impact of expected tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum, appearing resigned to additional protectionist trade actions as Trump signaled upcoming economic battles with China.

"Trade wars are not won, they are only lost", he said in a statement.

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