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Sun Jun 9, 2019, 08:32 PM

GOP Senators Exhale After Considering Crossing Trump on Tariffs

(Bloomberg) -- Senate Republicans who faced the unwelcome prospect of attempting to overturn President Donald Trump’s use of tariffs on Mexico are praising his deal to avert them, even if they’re still wary of the duties.

Trump had threatened to impose 5% import duties on Mexican products starting Monday, with the levies set to rise each month to a potential peak of 25% in October if Mexico didn’t stem the flow of illegal migrants to the U.S. to the president’s satisfaction.

The tactic, seen as potentially crippling to the U.S. economy, generated rare opposition from Trump’s own party. There was even talk of a vote to curtail Trump’s power to levy tariffs that prompted the president to suggest senators don’t understand tariffs and they would be “foolish” to oppose him.

Crossing the president, whose popularity with Republican voters is very high, carries a definite risk for the party’s lawmakers, including facing primary challengers more aligned with Trump the next time they’re up for re-election.


God forbid they ever have to stand for what's right.

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