US House Speaker Ryan denounces Trump metals tariffs

Congressional Republicans unlikely to act to counter Trump on tariffs

Outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake is among more than a 100 Republican members of Congress who unsuccessfully urged President Trump to reconsider the broad levies on steel and aluminum imports.

Whatever Washington lawmakers opt to do, they will have to reach a two-thirds majority vote to overcome a presidential veto - forcing Republicans to find support among the Democratic opposition, a challenge in its own right. Now efforts are aimed at narrowing the scope of the tariffs, focusing them more closely on "bad actors" such as China. But the issue of tariffs has sparked the Wisconsin Republican's strongest criticism of the president's policies.

However, he did applaud the president for recognizing that foreign trade abusers need to be held accountable. Ryan stated. "And so, what we're encouraging the administration to do is to focus on what is clearly a legitimate problem and to be more surgical in its approach so we can go after the true abusers".

Hours before the president signed an executive order implementing the new tariffs, trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries signed a sweeping free trade agreement the USA had been part of until Trump withdrew a year ago. "Going ahead, that could all be reversed with a trade war", Flake said.

Lawmakers have largely remained in the dark about the White House's plans, but many senators said it's a long shot at best to stop Trump.

Without disclosing the names of any other country that could hope for exemption, Sanders said: "That would be a case-by-case and country-by-country basis, but it would be determined whether or not there is a national security exemption".

The post Trump Tariffs Trigger Republican Rebellion appeared first on Channels Television. He suggested Australia and "other countries" might also be spared, a shift that could soften the global blow amid threats of retaliation by trading partners.

"We have to protect & build our Steel and Aluminum Industries while at the same time showing great flexibility and cooperation toward those that are real friends and treat us fairly on both trade and the military".

He said neither Canada nor Mexico will want to be seen as giving in to USA pressure. A WTO decision wouldn't halt US tariffs, but rather authorize retaliation from trading partners.

Just a few months after he helped drive Trump's landmark tax reform through Congress, Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, expressed astonishment at the president's decision.

The president opened the door to exempting Canada and Mexico from the tariffs, saying, "That would be, I would imagine, one of the points that we'll negotiate".

"We just want fairness", he added.

The European Union has threatened to slap similar tariffs on American products.

"I disagree with this action and fear its unintended consequences", the speaker of the House said in a statement while welcoming the temporary exemptions granted to Mexico and Canada. "So this hits home for all of us".

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