GOP senator: 'We need somebody out there who understands that we operate in a global economy'

GOP senator: 'We need somebody out there who understands that we operate in a global economy'

GOP Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstOvernight Defense: Defense spending bill amendments target hot-button issues | Space Force already facing hurdles | Senators voice 'deep' concerns at using military lawyers on immigration cases Senators 'deeply troubled' military lawyers being used for immigration cases Republicans agree — it’s only a matter of time for Scott Pruitt MORE (Iowa) criticized White House trade adviser Peter Navarro in the wake of the Trump administration's announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, saying early Thursday the White House needs someone who understands the U.S. role in the global economy. 

"We need somebody out there that understands that we operate in a global economy. And we want free and fair trade," Ernst said on "The Hugh Hewitt Show" in response to a question about Navarro. 

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"Just because you’re slapping tariffs on steel doesn’t mean that there aren’t going to be repercussions in other areas," she continued. 

"We export a lot of our soybeans to China, and we know that China is a bad actor. But there is a delicate balance out there, and we need to have thorough negotiations. We haven’t gone through that process."

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The issue has also created a rift in the White House, and reportedly helped lead to economic adviser Gary Cohn's resignation. 

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The president suggested in an early morning tweet on Thursday that he will take action to enact the steel and aluminum tariffs.