Republicans Who Opposed Trump’s Broad Tariffs Support Directly Targeting China

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Niv Elis and Vicki Needham, writing at The Hill, round up Republicans who opposed President Donald Trump’s announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports who now signal openness to a narrower package of duties levied solely on America’s strategic competitor, China.

From The Hill:

Republican lawmakers who broadly shunned President Trump’s wide-ranging steel and aluminum tariffs are expressing more optimism about a potential new round of trade actions that specifically target China.

While some are urging caution out of fears of sparking a trade war with Beijing, others are signaling confidence in such an approach, characterizing China as the justified target of any punitive trade measures.

“Obviously there’s a huge difference,” said Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees trade.

“I think that the retaliatory tariffs are there for a reason, to deal with bad actors. I don’t think anybody argues that China hasn’t taken advantage of us, and that it hasn’t hurt the American middle class,” he added.

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