Maxine Waters: Republicans 'intimidated' by Trump

Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersBuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president New progressive sheriffs in town ready to fight for Main Street On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction MORE (D-Calif.) said on Saturday that Republicans won't stand up to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE's proposed tariffs on Chinese products because they are "intimidated by him."

"Some of the Republicans now are talking about the tariffs and the harm that it's going to cause," Waters said on MSNBC's "AM Joy." "But they're not standing up, because I think they're still intimidated by him, they are afraid of him, they don't have any guts and they are going to pay a price for this."

Waters's comments come as concerns grow over a possible trade war between China and the U.S., a spat that began after the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative unveiled a list of $50 billion in Chinese products that could be hit with stiff tariffs.

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China responded by announcing tariffs on $50 billion in U.S. goods. Trump ratcheted up his rhetoric on the matter this week, saying that he had instructed the U.S. Trade Representative to consider additional tariffs on $100 billion in Chinese products.

The dispute between Washington and Beijing has rattled financial markets, and drawn criticism from U.S. businesses.

Waters warned on Saturday that the tariffs would ultimately "hurt a lot of folks," and cost U.S. jobs.

"It's going to hurt a lot of folks. It's going to, you know, cause a lot of loss of jobs," she said. "And this president, again, is just on a rampage without knowing what he's doing."

Some Republican lawmakers have criticized Trump over the proposed tariffs. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies Senate GOP eyes 'nuclear option' for Trump nominees next week Taiwan’s President Tsai should be invited to address Congress MORE (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that he was "nervous" about the prospect of a trade war between the U.S. and China.

"I'm not a fan of tariffs, and I am nervous about what appears to be a growing trend in the administration to levy tariffs," he said, according to the Courier-Journal newspaper. "This is a slippery slope, so my hope is that this will stop before it gets into a broader tit-for-tat that can't be good for our country."