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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 02:17 PM

GOP senators divided on Trump trade pushback

Senate Republicans are negotiating among themselves over how to respond to President Trump's trade agenda as they brace for new tariffs on the European Union and a trade deal with China that some fear could leave American farmers worse off.

There are divisions over whether to send a stern message to the White House with a tough bill thatís likely to get vetoed ó or a more modest proposal that could actually get Trumpís signature and become law.

It was a dilemma that GOP leaders eschewed altogether in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections, deciding not to advance legislation curbing Trumpís power to impose tariffs for fear an intraparty fight could hurt voter turnout.

This year, however, there is strong support from influential members of the Senate GOP for reining in Trumpís tariff power but disagreement over exactly how to proceed, putting Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a bind.


In other words they're the spineless worms they always are when it comes to Trump.

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