Ryan: 'I disagree' with Trump's tariffs

Ryan: 'I disagree' with Trump's tariffs
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House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThree-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate Krystal Ball touts Sanders odds in Texas Republicans pour cold water on Trump's term limit idea MORE (R-Wis.) on Thursday condemned President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report 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 RossOvernight Energy: Top presidential candidates to skip second climate forum | Group sues for info on 'attempts to politicize' NOAA | Trump allows use of oil reserve after Saudi attacks Group sues Trump administration for info related to 'attempts to politicize NOAA' NOAA chief praises agency scientists after statement backing up Trump tweet 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."