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Trump set to sign tariffs order amid Republican dissent

Trump set to sign tariffs order amid Republican dissent

Senator Joe Manchin, who is running for re-election this year from West Virginia, where Trump won overwhelmingly in 2016, said it was "past time to defend our interests, our security and our workers in the global economy and that is exactly what the president is proposing with these tariffs".

Ryan's full, unedited statement is below.

Historically proponents of free trade, several Republicans dubbed the measures "stupid" and "misguided" - if the United States increases the cost of both materials, they hold, American producers of vehicles and other products will suffer setbacks on the worldwide playing field, and consumers will pay more.

The Republican chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Orrin Hatch, also criticized the tariffs but said he would work with the White House to "mitigate the damage".

As the president dug in on his position, any potential compromise with foreign trading partners and Republican lawmakers was expected to still include some form of tariffs.

"Don't weaken his hand", said Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., a Trump ally who is running for the Senate in November.

Since taking office, no issue has pitted Trump against his allies in Congress more than the tariff dispute. John McCain, expressed concern that Trump's sharp tariffs will actually hurt the USA economy.

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Cornyn is among the Republicans who've bucked the president on the tariffs, warning that they risk undermining strong US economic growth and undercutting the benefits of the Republican tax cut legislation passed past year.

"These are people that voted for him and supported him in these auto-producing states", said Cody Lusk, president of the American International Automobile Dealers Association. "I don't think we're at the point where we need to consider that bill yet", said Sen.

More upbeat about progress until now, Dan Ujczo, a trade attorney with Dickinson Wright PLLC in Columbus, Ohio, said, "We were moving toward the finish line in NAFTA". Indeed, he said, Canada is probably already drawing up lists of US products to tax in retaliation.

He said neither Canada nor Mexico will want to be seen as giving in to US pressure.

Separately, Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo tweeted: "Mexico shouldn't be included in steel & aluminum tariffs". The European Union, for example, has threatened tariffs on Harley Davidson, which is based in Wisconsin, and bourbon, for which Kentucky is famous. But there are few signs on Capitol Hill of the political will to pass a bill to rein in Trump and avert a trade war.

For congressional leaders, those products hit close to home. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and other GOP leaders had spent the last few days furiously lobbying Trump to scale back the tariffs, an effort that had limited effect.