Many GOP Lawmakers Oppose Trump's Trade Policy. But What Can They Do?

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Trump says a 25 percent tax will apply to steel imports, and 10 percent will be added to aluminum brought into the U.S. Harmful trade policies like this will only hurt American consumers and businesses by driving up manufacturing costs and diminishing productivity.

Fast-forward to earlier this month, when Trump hastily announced he would be placing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, a proposal deemed sacrilegious by traditional Republican orthodoxy and sure to win him few allies. "It undermines the benefits that the new tax law provides and runs counter to our goal of advancing pro-growth trade policies that will keep America competitive in the 21st century global economy".

Wisconsin's three highest-ranking Republicans - House Speaker Paul Ryan, U.S. Sen. "We just want fairness". Both said they are continuing to lobby the president to change course. Last year, he wrote a book rebuking his own Republican Party for embracing Trump-style nationalism and protectionism at the expense of traditional conservative values such as free trade. S&P Global Platts estimates that only 2% of steel imports into the U.S. come from China.

At least one Democratic lawmaker from a deep blue state has issued support for protection of the American steel industry.

President Donald Trump says his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports fulfills a key campaign promise.

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An economics professor interviewed by ABC News provided a picture of what might be expected from the tariffs.

Red state leaders are freaking out, and not only because majority oppose Trump's protectionist agenda: Many realize the real damage could come when US trading partners strike back - and the states that are going to pay the highest price are the GOP states that voted for Trump.

The rally was sprinkled with mentions of Saccone and the election in general, but for the most part, according to The New York Times, was "in-his-element Trump, vintage 2016: Rambling and fiery, boastful and jocular - the part of being president that he loves perhaps the most". "The Department of Defense assesses that its programs are able to acquire all the steel and aluminum necessary to meet national defense requirements".

"Well, I can tell you when every question you get in the hallway going to vote is about this, it just becomes tiresome", Flake said.

"This welcome action is long overdue for shuttered steel plants across OH and steelworkers who live in fear that their jobs will be the next victims of Chinese cheating", Brown told Reuters earlier this month.