WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican allies of President Donald Trump are pleading with him to back off his threat of turning to international tariffs, but Trump says he won’t.
Trump says Canada and Mexico will not be spared from his plans for special import taxes on steel and aluminum. He’s holding out the possibility of later exempting the longstanding friends if they agree to better terms for the U.S. in revising the North American Free Trade Agreement.
House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans worry that such tariffs would spark a trade war. Ryan is urging the White House not to go forward with the plan.
Republican leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee have circulated a letter opposing Trump’s proposed tariffs, and GOP congressional leaders suggest they might attempt to prevent them.
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