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Jeff Flake threatens bill to nullify Trump's tariffs

10 March 2018

Republicans on Capitol Hill reacted angrily to President Donald Trump's announcement Thursday, March 8, that he is going forward with new tariffs on steel and aluminum, arguing that the move will harm the economy and that it threatens to start a broader trade war. The prices of a host of products made from steel and aluminum are expected to rise, and several countries have already threatened to impose their own tariffs on USA goods in retaliation.

"I believe that these tariffs will actually cost us jobs, rather than protecting them". "Congress can not be complicit as the administration courts economic disaster", Flake said Thursday.

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Flake said the new tariffs, which function as taxes on imports, of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum would be detrimental to the United States economy and must be stopped.

Baldwin said Thursday that the tariffs send "a strong message to bad actors like China" but also called for Trump to exempt European trading partners and do more to "target China's cheating". "It's something I'm very upset about". "I just haven't persuaded him yet".

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While Republicans came out against the trade measure, Flake is the first to announce a legislative response.

"I seriously question whether you'll have enough Republican senators who want to cross the President in this way", Flake admitted to reporters on Tuesday.

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Both Ryan and Johnson said Thursday they fear the unintended consequences from the steel and aluminum tariffs Trump announced over objections from many fellow Republicans. Ryan says he hopes Trump will continue to narrow the policy to focus only on countries that violate trade law.