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Senior Republicans Blast Trump’s Auto Tariff Threat

  • Chamber of Commerce also opposes president’s tactic on autos
  • Trump directed national-security probe into car imports
Senator Orrin Hatch

Senator Orrin Hatch

Photographer: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg

Senior Republican senators and business leaders called on President Donald Trump to drop his threat to impose sweeping new tariffs on imported cars and trucks, with one senator calling the idea "deeply misguided."

Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah said Thursday the move would amount to a tax paid by American car buyers. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said Congress should take back some of the powers it has given the president to impose tariffs on national security grounds, while Bob Corker of Tennessee said the administration “is using trade policy maybe too transactionally.”