Calls For Trump To De-Escalate Trade War

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 08:  U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks before signing the 'Section 232 Proclamations' on steel and aluminum imports in Roosevelt Room the the White House March 8, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump signed proclamations that will impose a 25-percent tarriff on imported steel and a 10-percent tarriff on imported alumninum.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

On the same day the U.S. Senate sent what is considered a “rebuke” to President Donald Trump on his moves to escalate a trade war with China, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson joined a growing number of business groups calling for a change of course on tariff actions.

In a non-binding resolution, the U.S. Senate voted 88-11 on a resolution calling for Congress to have more authority in trade disputes. U.S. Sens. John Boozman, R-Ark., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., voted for the measure. U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., a resolution sponsor, said the vote was a “loud and clear” bipartisan message to Trump that his tariff actions are wrong.

“Tariffs are a tax on the American people, and as the U.S. economy and American businesses and consumers begin to feel the damaging effects of incoherent trade policy, I believe support for our legislation will only grow. We will continue to push for a binding vote and are hopeful one will be scheduled in the near future,” Corker said in a statement.    MORE

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