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April 1, 2019

President Trump’s Own Party Warns Against Auto Tariffs

Last week, President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said the president could take a few more months to decide whether or not to impose tariffs on imports of autos and auto parts and that there are “several options” on the table. In the meantime, however, lawmakers in the president’s own party are warning him not to move forward with new penalties.

According to Politico, Senate Republicans are worried how new tariffs would impact voters in their states and might “trigger a recession ahead of the 2020 election.”

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said, “I hope he understands that the auto tariffs damage the autoworkers in the midwestern states and the southeastern states.” Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) said, “To suggest that Volkswagens are a national security threat to the United States is not true and we should not be doing that. It would be very bad for our economy and very bad for our consumers.”