Scott Walker calls on Trump to 'reconsider' tariffs

Scott Walker calls on Trump to 'reconsider' tariffs
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) urged President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? 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 RossTrump administration announces deal to avert tariffs on Mexican tomatoes Huawei grappling with 'live or die moment,' founder says Ex-counterintelligence official warns Trump administration not to be shortsighted on Huawei 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 SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseIt's time to empower military families with education freedom Bipartisan panel to issue recommendations for defending US against cyberattacks early next year The Hill's Morning Report - Trump lauds tariffs on China while backtracking from more 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.