President Trump Pushing for Tariffs to Protect American Workers

3/5/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,

President Donald Trump is not backing down from his tariff stance despite opposition from his own party.

Newsmax is reporting President Trump stands by his plans to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

The current plan would impose a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum.

The President said he’d consider exempting Mexico and Canada from the tariffs if they’d agree to a better North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) deal.

President Trump campaigned against NAFTA during the 2016 Presidential campaign. His NAFTA stance is at least partially credited for his victories in Rust Belt states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Success in the Rust Belt is pivotal for the GOP in coming election cycles as the electoral map continues to shift, largely due to urbanization and demographics.

Despite the importance — both politically and economically — for putting American workers first, many Republicans are fighting the President on his plan to impose the steel and aluminum tariffs.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI-1) has warned of potential trade wars.

This notion gained some steam after the President of the European Commission, said the European Union could respond by taxing American goods including “Bourbon, blue jeans, and Harley Davidson motorcycles.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned the tariffs would let China “off the hook,” and drive a wedge between the U.S. and its allies.

And Sen. John Thune (R-SD) warned of retaliation, typically to America’s agriculture industry.

However, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro put things in perspective while on Fox and Friends. Navarro says American consumers would not feel the pinch. “If you put a 10 percent tariff on aluminum, it’s a cent and a half on a six pack of beer and it’s $25,000 on a $330 million (Boeing 777),” Navarro said.

Meanwhile, President Trump has frequently shared his feelings about trade on Twitter in recent days. The President tweeted:

You can read the full report from Newsmax by clicking here.

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