GOP chairman urges Trump to change direction on tariffs


U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday the United States should initiate "surgical" actions against China to stop it from dumping steel and aluminum instead of President Donald Trump's broader tariff plan.

Hatch, whose committee oversees trade issues, has joined the growing ranks of congressional Republicans in opposing sweeping tariffs on all imports of the two oft-used metals in domestic manufacturing.

The state's most prominent Democrat, U.S. Sen. Without coming out in favor or against the tariffs, Baldwin said the decision "sends 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".

Flake said he would immediately draft and introduce legislation to nullify the tariffs, "and I urge my colleagues to pass it before this exercise in protectionism inflicts any more damage on the economy".

European Union leader Jean-Claude Juncker also warned President Trump against imposing the tariffs, saying that EU nations would retaliate by placing similar tariffs on USA imported products like Kentucky bourbon and blue jeans.

"I generally support the president on just about everything, but I think he's been misled, there are some people down there who have been misleading him on some of these things", Hatch continued.

"We have a conducive tax and regulatory-the economy looks good".

House Speaker Paul Ryan agreed that the US needs to take action against "abusers of trade" like China, accusing them of engaging in practices of "dumping and transhipping" of aluminum and steel.

Republicans do not like these tariffs.

"Members of the Senate, myself included, are concerned about the scope of the proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum and their impact on American citizens and businesses, including many I represent in Kentucky", McConnell said.

Another law grants extensive powers to the president to negotiate trade agreements, allowing some 15 accords to be struck since 1979.

Even then, Congress will have the opportunity to oppose the extension by passing a resolution of disapproval.

For now, the top leadership has voiced a preference to collaborate with the administration to adjust and reduce the tariffs as much as possible, holding off on announcing a law. Some of them will be mildly helped by the president's tariffs.

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