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Trump Tariffs on Mexico Irk Key Republican Allies in Congress

  • Finance chairman Grassley calls tariff a ‘misuse’ of authority
  • Graham is rare Republican to back plan; McConnell noncommittal
Joni Ernst
Joni ErnstPhotographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Key Senate Republicans are pushing back against President Donald Trump’s threat to impose new tariffs on Mexico to stem the flow of migrants, though it’s unclear whether lawmakers will take action.

The president’s announcement Thursday surprised many Republicans who hoped to focus on passing a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada known as the USMCA. That deal now faces fresh peril, a number of GOP senators said Friday.