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Walker Urges Trump to Reconsider Tariffs

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is among the conservative voices speaking out against President Trump's planned tariffs on steel and aluminum. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is among the conservative voices speaking out against President Trump's planned tariffs on steel and aluminum. |  Photo: State of Wisconsin

Created: March 02, 2018 01:57 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is urging President Donald Trump to reconsider proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum.

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Trump said Thursday that he intends to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports next week. The president said firm action was crucial to protect U.S. industry from unfair competition and to bolster national security.

Walker issued a statement Friday saying that Trump should reconsider his position if his intention is to protect American jobs. Walker said the U.S. market cannot support the demand for ultra-thin aluminum needed by manufacturers in Wisconsin and the nation.

"Ironically, American companies who will feel the negative impact of the tariffs can actually move their operations to another country, such as Canada, and not face new tariffs on the sale of their products. This scenario would lead to the exact opposite outcome of the administration's stated objective, which is to protect American jobs," Walker said.

Walker is not the only Republican criticizing the planned tariffs. Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse called the move "kooky 18th century protectionism" and predicted it will increase prices for American families.

The Wall Street Journal editorial board, known for its conservative stance, spoke out against the tariffs on Friday's opinion page, calling them "the biggest policy blunder" of Trump's presidency.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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