Trump to dine with business leaders at New Jersey resort amid trade row

Trump to dine with business leaders at New Jersey resort amid trade row

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: Dems playing destructive 'con game' with Kavanaugh Several Yale Law classmates who backed Kavanaugh call for misconduct investigation Freedom Caucus calls on Rosenstein to testify or resign MORE will dine with just over a dozen business leaders at his resort in Bedminster, N.J. on Tuesday amid his ongoing trade disputes with several nations including Mexico and Canada, as well as the European Union.

The White House confirmed earlier reports on Tuesday that Trump will dine with several industry leaders in resource management, manufacturing and other fields impacted by the escalating trade conflict between his administration and foreign nations.

Included on the list are executives from several companies hit specifically by Trump administration tariffs on paper, steel and aluminum: International Paper's Mark Sutton, Boeing's Dennis Muilenberg and Fiat Chrysler's Michael Manley.

Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, will also reportedly attend the dinner with the president, as will Boston Beer's Jim Koch. PepsiCo, which owns orange juice brand Tropicana, faces a Canadian tariff on orange juice, while the managing director of the American Beverage Institute called Trump's tariffs on aluminum an "attack on American beer" last month.

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"The decision to levy these tariffs is not a recipe for economic success and is uncharacteristic of the current administration’s otherwise pro-business, pro-jobs agenda," the group's director, Sarah Longwell, wrote in an op-ed.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump's dinner guests Tuesday morning.

Trump has forcefully defended his protectionist trade actions in recent weeks in the face of criticism from pro-trade Republicans and praise from union leaders such as AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka.

"Tariffs are the greatest! Either a country which has treated the United States unfairly on Trade negotiates a fair deal, or it gets hit with Tariffs. It’s as simple as that - and everybody’s talking! Remember, we are the 'piggy bank' that’s being robbed. All will be Great!" Trump assured Americans on Twitter last month.

"Countries that have treated us unfairly on trade for years are all coming to Washington to negotiate. This should have taken place many years ago but, as the saying goes, better late than never!" he added.