Jeff Flake threatens bill to nullify Trump's tariffs

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"He's going to need to be able to declare some victory here".

Trump invited the workers to speak.

"I'm not sure there are any winners in trade wars", said Johnson, who ran a plastics manufacturing business in Wisconsin before being elected to the Senate.

"You have 140 thousand steel production workers".

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 worldwide playing field, and consumers will pay more.

Ryan has been reluctant to criticize Trump, even when the two disagree.

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. If U.S. importers and industrial users decide to challenge the tariffs in court, they may try a tactic that stymied Trump's original ban on letting visitors from certain countries enter the U.S. and his executive actions on immigration: using his own words against him.

"These are people that voted for him and supported him in these auto-producing states", said Cody Lusk, president of the American International Automobile Dealers Association.




The administration has argued the tariffs are necessary to preserve the American aluminum and steel industries and protect national security. An analysis by Brookings Institution past year showed that areas that voted for Trump are more dependent on exports, which foreign countries could target in retaliation. The latest round of a almost yearlong renegotiation effort is concluding this week in Mexico City.

"Many of the countries that treat us the worst on trade and on military are our allies". Both said they are continuing to lobby the president to change course. But he added, "This has the potential to throw the NAFTA talks off track".

Even if there is an initial victory from a friendly court to stay Trump's tariffs, a case would face hard appeals, according to Mark Warner, a Toronto-based trade lawyer with MAAW Law who practices in the US and Canada. Indeed, he said, Canada is probably already drawing up lists of USA products to tax in retaliation.

The president did not say whether he will sign tariffs on steel and aluminum imports at the meeting. "It's the wrong way to incentivize the creation of a new & modern #NAFTA". And like the president, Republicans are making political calculations in doing so.

"I'm disappointed because we just passed a tax bill and this kind of flies in the face of that".

And overseas, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said the European Union could respond by taxing American goods including bourbon, blue jeans and Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Professor of public affairs at Pennsylvania's Franklin & Marshall College, Terry Madonna, said,"I would identify the support for Trump literally based on the backgrounds of a particular group of people here, and the same with OH and MI", he said. "So this hits home for all of us". Wisconsin is the world's top producer of cranberries.

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