(Cathleen Decker – Los Angeles Times)
Hoping to blunt a move Republicans fear could spark a global trade war and backfire politically, party leaders in the House and Senate implored President Trump on Tuesday to narrow or repudiate his planned tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
The president, at an afternoon news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, appeared unmoved, defending his intent to level tariffs and taking particular aim at the European Union, a group composed largely of diplomatic allies.
“The United States has been taken advantage of by other countries, both friendly and not so friendly, for many, many decades, and we have a trade deficit of $800 billion a year,” Trump said. “And that’s not going to happen with me.… I don’t blame the countries. I blame our leadership for allowing it to happen.”
Trump’s words came within hours of criticism from the Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, and appeared aimed at them. Click here to read more.