WH on Tariffs: Trump Doesn’t Have to Agree with Ryan on Everything

By Melanie Arter | March 5, 2018 | 8:49pm EST
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screenshot of White House video)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) doesn’t agree with President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum tariffs, but the White House said Monday that although Trump has “a great relationship” with Ryan, they don’t have to agree on everything.

“We have a great relationship with Speaker Ryan. We’re gonna continue to have one, but that doesn’t mean we have to agree on everything. The president has been committed and talked about this for many years, particularly on the campaign trail, and the people came out loud and clear and supported this president, therefore supporting the policies that he campaigned on,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday.

As CNSNews.com previously reported, Trump announced Thursday that he will impose tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports for a “long period of time.” He said Monday that Canada and Mexico will be exempt from the tariffs as long as a “new and fair NAFTA Agreement is signed.”

“We are extremely worried about the consequences of a trade war and are urging the White House to not advance with this plan. The new tax reform law has boosted the economy and we certainly don’t want to jeopardize those gains,” said Ryan’s spokeswoman Ashlee Strong said.

“We want to solve the problem,” Sanders said. “The president believes in free, fair and reciprocal trade and hopes other countries will join him in pursuing that goal. The president wants to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to protect American workers and to protect industries like the steel and aluminum industry that are so important to our country.”

“And nothing about this will jeopardize economic growth as the speaker fears?” CBS News White House Correspondent Major Garrett asked.

“The president feels strongly that we have to protect some of the industries that are the backbone of this country, and we have to protect American workers. We can’t ignore these industries. It’s a matter of both economic and national security and something that he feels very strongly about, and we’re gonna continue to move forward,” Sanders replied.

 

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