Trump’s fellow Republicans are NOT happy with Trump’s trade war……
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Thursday blasted the Trump administration’s decision to place steel and aluminum tariffs on the European Union, Canada and Mexico, saying the financial penalties are a “tax hike on Americans.”
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced earlier Thursday that President Trump has decided to slap hefty tariffs on the EU, Mexico and Canada, ending the temporary exemptions for the key trading allies despite their two months of lobbying to avoid the tariffs.
Hatch added that he would urge the administration to reverse its decision but did not specify what steps he would take to try to pressure them to do so.
“In light of the mounting evidence that these tariffs will harm Americans, I will continue to push the administration to change course,” Hatch added.
Republicans, including Hatch, have publicly fretted for months over Trump’s trade policies, including concerns that broad steel and aluminum tariffs would spark retaliation from other countries. Some GOP senators have floated new legislation that would give Congress more oversight of the president’s trade decisions.