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Scott Walker calls on Trump to 'reconsider' tariffs

Scott Walker calls on Trump to 'reconsider' tariffs
© Greg Nash

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) urged President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE to "reconsider" the tariffs on aluminum and steel that he announced Thursday, saying in a statement that the proposed policies would have a "negative impact" on American companies and workers.

In his statement, Walker said that the effect of the proposed tariffs would be more U.S. companies sending jobs overseas.

"As I described to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossCommerce Department unit gathered intel on employees, census critics: report Former Trump officials find tough job market On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE last year, there is not a market in America that can support the demand for ultra-thin aluminum for employers here in Wisconsin and across the country," Walker said. "Ironically, the American companies who will feel the negative impact of tariffs can actually move their operations to another country, such as Canada."

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"This scenario would lead to the exact opposite outcome of the administration's stated objective, which is to protect American jobs," he added.

"With this in mind, I respectfully ask the President and his administration to reconsider their position on these tariffs."

Trump shocked many on Thursday when he announced new planned tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum, using a law allowing the president to crack down on imports that the White House deems a threat to national security.

The president doubled down on his announcement Friday, claiming that a global trade war would be "easy" to win in an early-morning tweet.

“When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win,” Trump tweeted.

Other Republican lawmakers have expressed skepticism over the president's new tariffs, including Nebraska Sen. Ben SasseBen SasseGOP senators applaud Biden for global vaccine donation plans Pence: Trump and I may never 'see eye to eye' on events of Jan. 6 White House: Biden will not appoint presidential Jan. 6 commission MORE (R) who called the plan "kooky."

“Trade wars are never won. Trade wars are lost by both sides,” Sasse said Friday.

“Kooky 18th century protectionism will jack up prices on American families — and will prompt retaliation from other countries,” the senator continued in a statement. “Make no mistake: If the president goes through with this, it will kill American jobs — that’s what every trade war ultimately does. So much losing.”

The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 420 points Thursday following Trump's announcement and has lost more than 200 points on Friday.