Sen. Sasse on Trump's steel & aluminum tariffs: "This is dumb"


OMAHA, Neb (FOX 42 KPTM)-- One of Nebraska's GOP senators didn't mince words in the hours after the white house announced it will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, Mexico and Canada.

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R- Neb.) sent out a statement saying "This is dumb. Europe, Canada, and Mexico are not China, and you don’t treat allies the same way you treat opponents. We’ve been down this road before—blanket protectionism is a big part of why America had a Great Depression. ‘Make America Great Again’ shouldn’t mean ‘Make America 1929 Again.'"

The Trump administration had allowed exemptions on the countries earlier to buy time for negotiations.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the tariffs will be 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum.

The European Union has threatened to get back at the U.S. with tariffs on orange juice, peanut butter, and other goods.

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