Donald Trump is getting absolutely pummeled for his horrendous decision to impose major steel and aluminum tariffs on close U.S. trading allies such as Canada, Mexico, and the European Union.
Not only have several world leaders spoken out against Trump’s decision, but many Republican senators and prominent conservatives (such as the Koch brothers) are tearing into Trump for a move that will have dire consequences on America. But things are about to get much worse for the disgraced Commander in Chief. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has just responded to the tariffs, and it’s not good.
Ryan publicly condemned Trump for the new tariffs, shortly after hearing the announcement from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
“I disagree with this decision. Instead of addressing the real problems in the international trade of these products, today’s action targets America’s allies when we should be working with them.”
These tariffs are going to begin as early as Friday and everyone’s terrified about what will happen next, as Trump’s announcement was met with several pledges of retaliation from American allies that are affected by the tariffs.
Ryan was against the Trump administration on this from the start and asked the administration to have a more “surgical” and “targeted” approach to trade issues in March, after Trump proposed a 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent tariff on aluminum.
Even today, after Trump’s announcement, Ryan refuses to give up and stated that he is going to continue to work with Trump to find “better ways to help American workers.”
Coming from one of the most spineless Republicans in the GOP (Ryan rarely stands up to Trump), this is pretty big and signals that Trump’s party is going to abandon him on this one.
Come 2020, there will be no one rooting for Trump’s second term.
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