Warren: ‘I am not afraid of tariffs’

Warren: ‘I am not afraid of tariffs’
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenElection Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls On The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills Warren suggests Mulvaney broke law by speaking to GOP donors MORE (D-Mass.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that she isn’t afraid of tariffs, saying they are one part of trade policy.

“I am not afraid of tariffs. I think tariffs are one part of that trade policy. It's not the only part. There are other parts of trade policy,” Warren told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“I want to see a trade policy that puts American workers first, puts American small businesses first, puts American consumers first.”

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE last week announced 25 percent tariffs on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum despite objections from Republican lawmakers. 

"Today, I am defending America’s national security by placing tariffs on foreign imports of steel and aluminum," Trump said Thursday. 

Warren during the interview with NBC host Chuck Todd noted she has long been critical of U.S. trade policy.

“I think that our trade deals have been negotiated for a very, very long time now to benefit large, multinational corporations, not to benefit American workers,” she said.

“Not to benefit America's small businesses, and often not even to benefit American consumers.”