Spokeswoman says speaker doesn’t want to jeopardize gains of new tax law with tariffs
Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., has concerns about President Donald Trump’s plan to impose new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Speaker Paul D. Ryan is urging President Donald Trump to reconsider his plan to institute tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, the highest-ranking Republican to push back on the plan.
“We are extremely worried about the consequences of a trade war and are urging the White House to not advance with this plan,” Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said. “The new tax reform law has boosted the economy and we certainly don’t want to jeopardize those gains.” As speaker, Ryan is second in line to the presidency, after the vice president, under the Constitution.