Many GOP Lawmakers Oppose Trump's Trade Policy. But What Can They Do?

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"I look forward to working with the administration to make sure that our trade policy focuses on curbing abusive behavior and protecting our interests here at home without harming America's economic security", he said in a statement.

Trump's exemptions on steel and aluminum products from Mexico and Canada did not satisfy lawmakers.

Nearly certainly not. A rational calculation of their political interests will lead them to surrender to Trump, just as it always does. "They will lead to job losses and will stymie economic growth", the Arizona Republican, who is retiring at the end of this year, said on the Senate floor. His glowing support for the president's trade policy contracts starkly with the Buckeye State Democrat's previous barbs directed at Trump. "They (the administration) truly believe that tariffs is the way to go".

Many Republicans hold that imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum are an abuse of this law and are pushing to restrict it. 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".

Trump invited the workers to speak. Harmful trade policies like this will only hurt American consumers and businesses by driving up manufacturing costs and diminishing productivity. That includes information on domestic and foreign production of both metals that would justify the "national security" needs cited by Trump.

Trump says the steelworkers are part of the reason he won the presidency.

A Flake challenge to Trump in the presidential primaries would face long, if not impossible, odds. "The new tax reform law has boosted the economy and we certainly don't want to jeopardize those gains". And in OH, 410,300 workers are directly employed in industries that use steel and aluminum, according to Crain's Cleveland.

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In making the long-awaited announcement Thursday, Trump says the US industry has been "ravaged by aggressive foreign trade practices". "I'm assuming I won't be the only one to do that".

The people were not authorized to discuss details in advance and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Brown has always been a critic of free-trade agreements, opposing NAFTA since its inception when he was a congressman.

Trump also suggested Australia and "other countries" might be spared. However, this is a very complicated area we are talking tough about, negotiating in public, and if followed by real negotiating, could result in changes in terms that might eliminate the need for tariffs.

Even Senator Tom Cotton, a reliable ally of the president, made the case against the tariffs.

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. "The Department of Defense assesses that its programs are able to acquire all the steel and aluminum necessary to meet national defense requirements".

"When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade was are good, and easy to win", he tweeted. The White House has not yet clarified the tweet. "Don't weaken his hand", said Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., a Trump ally who is running for the Senate in November. "And I know that studies have shown that they have their allies sprinkled around the White House", Brown, who is facing a bruising campaign for re-election in November, told CNN's Dana Bash in an October 22 interview.

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