Peter Navarro, President Trump’s top adviser on trade, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Trump will sign tariffs on steel and aluminum this week, or the following week at “the latest,” and “at this point in time there’s no country exclusions.”
Navarro said: “”He made the decision to go with 25% tariffs on steel, 10% on aluminum across the board with no country exclusions and that’s the way to do it, I believe, because simply that, for example, 10% tariff on aluminum, as soon as you start exempting countries you have to raise the tariffs on everybody else. As soon as you exempt one country, then you have to exempt another country and so it’s a slippery slope.”
There has been great push back on Trump’s tariff plan, most of it from the Republican party. Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., asked the administration to reconsider its stance. He said American companies could move their operations abroad and not face retaliatory tariffs.
Opponents of Trump’s proposal to place a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum said other industries that rely on the products will suffer. The cost of new appliances, cars and buildings will rise if the president follows through, they warned, and other nations could retaliate. The end result could erode the president’s base of support with rural America and even the blue-collar workers the president says he trying to help.
“There is always retaliation, and typically a lot of these countries single out agriculture when they do that. So, we’re very concerned,” said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.
Many Democrats have shown support for the move.
“Good, finally,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat and progressive as he cheered Trump’s move. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, a Democrat who has called for Trump to resign, agreed. “I urge the administration to follow through and to take aggressive measures to ensure our workers can compete on a level playing field,” Casey tweeted.