Dem rep praises Trump tariff suggestion

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) says President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE's discussion of imposing a tariff on imports through executive action means he understands the "anxiety" of working men and women in this country.

"The first thing I thought when I heard it is Donald Trump understands the working men and women of my state," she said Thursday on CNN's "New Day."

"And he's delivering on what he talked about the entire election and why I was one of those Democrats that said that Donald Trump could win."

Dingell said she hasn't seen the exact proposal, but added the country needs to be looking at these types of issues.

"Working men and women are tired of seeing their jobs shipped overseas," she said.

She added that the issue is going to be "complicated," but said she would study it thoroughly.

"I think that the fact that he's even making these proposals shows that he does understand the anxiety of working men and women in this country," she said.

"For the working men and women in my state who are tired of seeing their jobs shipped overseas and don't feel like they're playing on a level playing field, his just saying that, they're cheering."

Incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus has been telling business leaders the president-elect is considering a 5 percent tax on imports, according to CNN. The proposal was reportedly met with fierce opposition in Washington.