Warren: ‘I am not afraid of tariffs’

Warren: ‘I am not afraid of tariffs’
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Biden, Sanders tax plans would raise less revenue than claimed: studies 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 TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial 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.”