Pres. Trump Signs Tariffs, Lawmakers Divided

Updated: March 09, 2018 11:32 AM

With the swipe of a pen, President Trump created a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports, each with the exception of Canada and Mexico.

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"Today I am defending America's national security by placing tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. Steel is steel. You don't have steel, you don't have a country,” said Trump.

The President says the move will put Americans back to work.

"We want our workers to be protected and we want frankly our companies to be protected," said Trump.

However, the move is not supported by some republicans, including Sen. Ron Johnson.

"Any business or any manufacturer that utilizes steel or aluminum is potentially going to be harmed by this,” said Johnson.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker agrees with the Senator.

"It will have the reverse impact. It will cost us American jobs. It will cost us jobs in the state of Wisconsin," said Walker.

President Trump said the unfair trading practices, particularly by China, has created dire circumstances for the industry.

“Our industries have been targeted for years and years, decades in fact, by unfair trade practices leading to the shuttered plants and mills, laying off millions of workers and the decimation of entire communities," said Trump.

The president has gotten support on both sides of the isle.

Democratic Congressman Rick Nolan applauds the move. He stated in a press release, “We know tariffs and taxes work to level the playing field so American workers can compete fairly in the global marketplace.”

Republican Congressman Sean Duffy reiterates the same sentiment. Duffy said, a statement issued earlier this week, “American workers deserve a level playing field. That's why it's encouraging to see President Trump put America first and fight for fairer trade.”

However, Sen. Johnson says the move is too broad.

"I think you should focus and tailor actions against the root cause of the problem and that is the overcapacity in China," said Johnson.

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