Several House Republicans said Wednesday that they understand why President Donald Trump wants to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, but they do not agree with his approach to rectifying a trade imbalance.
Trump believes tariffs will help American workers and revive the U.S. steel industry, but some Republicans fear they will only result in lost jobs and higher prices. In interviews Wednesday, they urged the president to reconsider his plan and instead target penalties specifically to countries like China that are known to be engaging in unfair trade practices.
Looking forward to 3:30 P.M. meeting today at the White House. We have to protect & build our Steel and Aluminum Industries while at the same time showing great flexibility and cooperation toward those that are real friends and treat us fairly on both trade and the military.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 8, 2018
Reps. Mia Love (R-Utah), Darin LaHood (R-Illinois), and Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) warned that businesses in their states could be adversely affected if other countries impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods, and they expect any higher costs manufacturers have to pay for foreign materials will just be passed on to consumers.
West Virginia Reps. Evan Jenkins and Alex Mooney applauded Trump's attempt to negotiate better trade agreements. Though both are waiting for final details before deciding whether to fully support the president's proposal, Jenkins predicted it could be a boon for steel and aluminum workers in their state.