House Speaker Ryan criticizes Trump tariff plan

Frederick Owens
March 11, 2018

Republicans do not like these tariffs.

Companies may claim that Trump's use of the national security rationale is inconsistent with his protectionist public statements, and therefore is an illegitimate use of Section 232, said Raj Bhala, a specialist in worldwide trade law at Kansas University School of Law.

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.

The state's most prominent Democrat, U.S. Sen.

Several lawyers were skeptical that a court would block the president. Union leaders and Democratic lawmakers from Rust Belt states have praised the planned tariffs, joining with advocates within the administration including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and White House trade adviser Peter Navarro.

He said neither Canada nor Mexico will want to be seen as giving in to US pressure.

At those talks, U.S Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Monday that progress has been less than many had hoped and "our time is running short". A WTO decision wouldn't halt US tariffs, but rather authorize retaliation from trading partners.

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President Donald Trump told reporters earlier during the day that, "we're not backing down" on tariffs.

Sen. Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, is proposing legislation that would generally require future tariffs to get congressional approval. Others have said Congress needs to claw back some of the constitutional authority on trade that they have willingly handed over to the executive branch over the years. Even though tariffs on Mexico and Canada were excluded from President's Trump's announcement, he says he has no problem with them.

"Congress can not be complicit as the administration courts economic disaster", the Arizona senator said.

Both Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson of Wisconsin are planning hearings in coming weeks about the decision.

"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. Trump ultimately backed down slightly from what were initially described as broad-reaching, indiscriminate tariffs, exempting Canada and Mexico as well as creating a pathway to exemption for other nations.

Trump tweeted Thursday: "Looking forward to 3:30 P.M. meeting today at the White House".

"The tariffs on steel and aluminum risk undermining these positive economic developments by increasing input costs to American manufacturing and steel-dependent industries employing more than 17 million workers", he said. Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan's spokeswoman, Ashlee Strong, said on Monday in a statement, "We are extremely anxious about the consequences of a trade war and are urging the White House to not advance with this plan".

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