McConnell says Republican lawmakers skeptical of tariffs, some offer tentative support

McConnell says Republican lawmakers skeptical of tariffs, some offer tentative support

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks to reporters, April 2, 2019, (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks to reporters, April 2, 2019, (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)

On the Hill with Doug Christian

Capitol Hill – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), during his weekly press conference, expresses reaction from his conservative caucus over President Donald Trump’s escalating trade war with China:

(Audio: McConnell says there is a lot of concern from Republican lawmakers over tariffs.)

Yet several Republican lawmakers are loath to confront Trump head-on and instead offer tentative support for President Donald Trump’s tariffs.

Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said in his weekly phone call with reporters, “I have some sympathy for Trump’s lack of patience with the Chinese. Enough is enough. It’s time to strike a strong, enforceable deal so that whether you’re farmers or businesses or consumers, you can get some certainty.”

Grassley said, “I urge the Chinese negotiators to bring these talks to a halt, with a successful close, so we can avoid prolonged tariffs, which we know have an impact on the U.S. economy.”

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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