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Top Republican Ryan leads GOP backlash against Trump tariffs

Top Republican Ryan leads GOP backlash against Trump tariffs

Slapping aluminum and steel imports with tariffs of this magnitude is misguided.

Republicans do not like these tariffs. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) as saying, "I'm going to - as soon as it comes out if it is anything approximating what he's talked about - introduce legislation to nullify it".

Republican senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said: "There's really a growing level of optimism because we were returning certainty to the American and Wisconsin economy".

The Republicans protesting the tariffs offered no evidence that the tariffs would have negative economic consequences such as raising consumer prices or eliminating jobs.

Even Senator Tom Cotton, a reliable ally of the president, made the case against the tariffs. "Thriving communities turned into ghost towns", Trump said in front of a group of workers before signing the tariff proclamations.

After defying conventional wisdom, Republican Party dogma and many of his own advisers by announcing new steel and aluminum tariffs, President Donald Trump appears to be backpedaling on the brazen proposal.

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Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona says, "Congress can not be complicit as the administration courts economic disaster".

One of the GOP's major donors, Charles Koch, wrote in The Post: "The administration's recent decision to impose major steel and aluminum tariffs - on top of higher tariffs on washing machines and solar panels - will have the same harmful effect".

According to Section 232 of a USA trade law, the president can impose tariffs on imported materials for national security purposes.

Turning a bill of that type into law would accomplish three good ends: stopping an economically destructive policy; promoting a healthier balance between the legislative and executive branches; and putting some distance between the Republican Party and Trump.

That would-be challenger could be Mr. Flake, perhaps the party's staunchest Trump critic, who has declined to run for reelection in 2018.

Europe and China lashed out against the president's tariff plan. Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat who came out in support of Trump's tariffs in a March 8 press statement, will also face voters this year in Indiana, which leads the nation in steel production and voted for Trump in 2016 by 19 percentage points. It is the biggest break in Republican unity during the Trump administration so far. 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.