Ryan: 'I disagree' with Trump's tariffs

Ryan: 'I disagree' with Trump's tariffs
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House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHow Kevin McCarthy sold his soul to Donald Trump On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Stopping the next insurrection MORE (R-Wis.) on Thursday condemned President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dead at 77 Biden, Democrats losing ground with independent and suburban voters: poll Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law MORE's decision to impose a new set of steel and aluminum tariffs against close trading allies. 

"I disagree with this decision," Ryan said in a statement after Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossMomentum builds to prohibit lawmakers from trading stocks Census memo notes 'unprecedented' Trump administration meddling: report Holding defiant Trump witnesses to account, Jan. 6 committee carries out Congress's constitutional role MORE announced the new duties Thursday morning.

"Instead of addressing the real problems in the international trade of these products, today's action targets America's allies when we should be working with them," he said. 

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The hefty tariffs against the European Union, Canada and Mexico are set to begin Friday. The move came after Trump decided to end temporary exemptions for the countries and was met with pledges of retaliatory measures shortly after its announcement. 

Ryan initially lobbied the Trump administration to take a more "surgical" and "targeted" approach to righting trade disparities when the president announced a 25 percent steel tariff and 10 percent aluminum tariff in March.

The speaker said Thursday that he would continue negotiations with Trump to explore "better ways to help American workers."