Wisconsin Republican would sign on to bill to nullify Trump tariffs

Wisconsin Republican would sign on to bill to nullify Trump tariffs
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Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSenate probes FBI's heavy-handed use of redactions to obstruct congressional investigators Hillicon Valley: DHS gets new cyber chief | White House warns lawmakers not to block ZTE deal | White nationalists find home on Google Plus | Comcast outbids Disney for Fox | Anticipation builds for report on FBI Clinton probe Graham jokes about Corker: GOP would have to be organized to be a cult MORE (R-Wis.) said on Sunday that he would support a bill that would nullify President TrumpDonald John TrumpConservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill Poll: McSally holds 14-point lead in Arizona GOP Senate primary Trump defends Nielsen amid criticism over family separations MORE’s recently announced tariffs, but doubts such legislation would pass.

“I would, but I doubt it would have any chance of passing or, even if it passed, that we would have the votes to override the veto,” Johnson told CNN’s “State of the Union” when asked about supporting legislation to nullify the tariffs.

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakePoll: McSally holds 14-point lead in Arizona GOP Senate primary GOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border McCain, Coons: Trump should withdraw controversial refugee nominee MORE (R-Ariz.) said last week that he will introduce legislation that would revoke Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs.

Johnson on Sunday noted that people in his home state of Wisconsin were becoming more confident in the economy because of Trump's recent moves to reduce regulations.

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We made American businesses more competitive.  We gave real tax cuts to Wisconsinites and Americans,” Johnson said. “There's really growing level of optimism because we're returning certainty to the American and Wisconsin economy.”

The senator said, however, that the tariffs and talk of ending the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have made people uncertain about their economic future.

“And the talk of canceling NAFTA and now imposing these steel tariffs have just interjected uncertainty into the economy, where it just wasn't necessary,” Johnson said. "So, I'm really concerned that this is counterproductive, as well as you could really result in retaliatory actions by our trade partners.”

Trump announced last Thursday that he would be placing a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum.

Mexico, Canada and Australia have been exempted from the tariffs and Trump has signaled that exemptions might be available to other nations.