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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Condemns President Trump’s Canadian and European Tariffs

May 31, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to place steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico, Canada, and the European Union. The proposal would subject our allies with a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum.

“This decision could be a disaster if not overturned soon. Of particular concern, we are punishing our friends in Canada and Europe who have similar—and in some cases, stronger—worker protections and environmental standards. Meanwhile, President Trump is more concerned about letting China off the hook than protecting American workers. This dangerous approach furthers the interests of Russia and China by weakening the friendships and alliances that helped us win World War II and the Cold War and propelled the United States to be the leader in the world for the last 75 years. This Administration and the Republican Rubber Stamp Congress continue to make decisions that weaken our nation and inject uncertainty and instability in our economy. This decision by President Trump is counterproductive to those of us working to increase good-paying U.S. manufacturing jobs and improve the economies of areas that have seen manufacturing decline,” said Congressman Tim Ryan.

On March 22, 2018, Congressman sent a letter to President Trump urging him to impose tariffs on bad actors like China and Russia, not our allies. He warned the President that tariffs on our allies have the potential to do significant damage to the economy.