GOP leaders signal they will try to narrow Trump's tariffs


The administration is still working out exemptions from the tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum before they take effect in two weeks.

Some members of Congress are even considering - gasp! - reclaiming their constitutional authority over tariffs.

Last week, Republican Sen. When Trump first brought up tariffs last week, "no one at the State Department, the Treasury Department or the Defense Department had been told that a new policy was about to be announced or given an opportunity to weigh in in advance", according to an NBC report.

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 global trade law at Kansas University School of Law.

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

Louisiana, for example, is a huge importing state and relies on steel and aluminum imports for its gas industries.

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The top Republican in the US Congress, Paul Ryan, publicly denounced President Donald Trump's imposition Thursday of steep tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium.

"We just want fairness", he added.

"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. "History has proven that the unintended consequences of tariffs are vast and serious, and the ones announced today threaten to undermine our growing economy and the relief that millions of Americans are feeling as a result of tax reform".

"Our economy and our national security are strengthened by fostering free trade with our allies and promoting the rule of law", he said. And in OH, 410,300 workers are directly employed in industries that use steel and aluminum, according to Crain's Cleveland. And it's a recipe for killing growth.

Sen Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, who also opposes the tariffs, said he wasn't ready yet to embrace a legislative response. Self-delusion is a powerful toxin, but it's no excuse for having backed and defended an economic illiterate.