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

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

More than 100 Republican members of the House have signed off on a letter condemning Trump's looming tariffs.

"I think it might work its way out otherwise", Blunt said.

"I am pleased that the president has listened to those who share my concerns and included an exemption for some American allies, but it should go further", Ryan said.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., says President Donald Trump should face a Republican primary challenge in his 2020 re-election bid.

But Republicans also are looking to possible lawsuits by companies hurt by the tariffs as a way to roll them back. Our nation's trading partners can and will retaliate by imposing new tariffs of their own. "Today I'm defending America's national security by placing tariffs on foreign imports of steel and aluminum".

One of them was Brown, who welcomed action he said could stop China from dumping steel into the US market, calling it "well overdue".

"Our factories were left to rot, and to rust all over the place. Steel is steel, you don't have steel you don't have a country", Trump said. John McCain, who eviscerated the president's national security rationale: "National security should play an important role in our trade decisions".

According to Section 232 of a US trade law, the president can impose tariffs on imported materials for national security purposes.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., walks to the Senate chamber for early morning votes February 9, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Several lawyers were skeptical that a court would block the president.

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As Trump vows to sign new bilateral treaties and amend the North American Free Trade Agreement, congressional leaders could seize the moment to reaffirm their role in USA trade policy. A WTO decision wouldn't halt USA tariffs, but rather authorize retaliation from trading partners. But it may be hard to get a veto-proof majority with some Democrats supporting Trump's action.

One of the GOP's major donors, Charles Koch, wrote in The Post: "The administration's recent decision to impose major steel and aluminum tariffs - on top of higher tariffs on washing machines and solar panels - will have the same harmful effect".

"Trade wars are not won, they are only lost", said Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, who has been highly critical of the president in the past.

"Congress can not be complicit as the administration courts economic disaster", the Arizona senator said.

"Let's wait and see what happens", said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, whose committee has jurisdiction over the issue.

"Simply put: This is a tax hike on American manufacturers, workers and consumers", Hatch said on Twitter.

Todd asked him if other Republicans should join him in condemning Trump's behavior. "We will continue to urge the administration to narrow this policy so that it is focused only on those countries and practices that violate trade law".

Here are five ways Congress.