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GOP RINOs in Uproar, Trump to Implement the Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum

President Trump announced today that he will be implementing steel and aluminum tariffs to boost native producers. This will bring the United States into line with the rest of the world in terms of support for its native industry. The United States is currently one of the few powers on the planet that does not actively seek to promote its native industries over foreign competitors.

President Trump announced that he would be seeking a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum, much to the chagrin of the free trade cult.

This move will seek to prevent the United States from having to turn to importing all of its steel and aluminum. Currently, the United States imports 90 percent of the necessary aluminum needed for its manufacturing. The aluminum needs for the United States ranges from production of ordinary aluminum cans to military fighter jets.

According to a United States Commerce Department report urging the president to take action, there is in fact only one high purity smelter left inside the United States, the Century Aluminum plant in Hawesville, Kentucky, that makes the high-purity aluminum needed for fighter jets.

The usual anti-American worker suspects have chimed in, including manufacturing stakeholders within the cheap import fight. MillerCoors has come out with a statement blasting the move as “anti-consumer” for President Trump betting that Americans will pay a few cents more per can in order to support native industries.

“Like most brewers, we are selling an increasing amount of our beers in aluminum cans, and this action will cause aluminum prices to rise. It is likely to lead to job losses across the beer industry,” the company statement read.

The company said the domestic market for aluminum “simply isn’t enough supply to satisfy the demands of American beverage makers like us.”

“American workers and American consumers will suffer as a result of this misguided tariff.”

The statement was released on Twitter:

We are disappointed with President Trump’s announcement of a 10% tariff on aluminum. While we won’t know the details for a week, the Department of Defense recently reported that aluminum does not cause any national security issues. (1/3)

— MillerCoors (@MillerCoors) March 1, 2018

Like most brewers, we are selling an increasing amount of our beers in aluminum cans, and this action will cause aluminum prices to rise. It is likely to lead to job losses across the beer industry. (2/3)
— MillerCoors (@MillerCoors) March 1, 2018

We buy as much domestic can sheet aluminum as is available, however, there simply isn’t enough supply to satisfy the demands of American beverage makers like us. American workers and American consumers will suffer as a result of
this misguided tariff. (3/3)

— MillerCoors (@MillerCoors) March 1, 2018

Others complained that President Trump made the statement “off the cuff” against prior reports that he was convinced to halt his plan to implement tariffs. When he stated that he would implement the 25 percent and 10 percent tariffs on steel and aluminum, respectively, they were taken aback.

How off the cuff was POTUS tariff announcement today? I’m told Trump was convinced by CEOs’ arguments, told them to wait there, ducked into a school safety event for 40 minutes, then went back to steel meeting + called in the press for the portion we saw on camera. Staff stunned.

— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) March 1, 2018

Utah Republican Senator, and frequent Trump critic, Mike Lee slammed the decision and said Trump’s tariffs would be a “huge job-killing tax hike” consumers.

“While I am sympathetic to the issues facing domestic steel manufacturers, there must be a better way to address the steel industries concerns, and I hope Congress and the executive branch can identify an alternative solution before these tariffs are finalized next week.”

Mike Lee fails to point out where the “job-killing” would be taking place in his statement, but it likely would be occurring in other countries where the tariffs will be direct towards.

The President announced on Twitter:

Our Steel and Aluminum industries (and many others) have been decimated by decades of unfair trade and bad policy with countries from around the world. We must not let our country, companies and workers be taken advantage of any longer. We want free, fair and SMART TRADE!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2018

 
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