Ryan: 'I disagree' with Trump's tariffs

Ryan: 'I disagree' with Trump's tariffs
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House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis Ryan Retirees should say 'no thanks' to Romney's Social Security plan California Governor Newsom and family dress as 2020 Democrats for Halloween DC's liaison to rock 'n' roll MORE (R-Wis.) on Thursday condemned President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment 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 RossTrump trade adviser pushes back on reports of US-China tariff deal China, US agree to reduce tariffs amid trade talks, Beijing says Income for poorest Americans fell faster than previously thought: study 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."