Hatch: Trump’s Tariffs Are A “Tax Hike On Americans”

The Hill reports:

GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah), the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, on Thursday, blasted the Trump administration’s decision to slap steel and aluminum tariffs on the European Union, Canada and Mexico saying the financial penalties are a “tax hike on Americans.”

“My position remains unchanged: Tariffs on steel and aluminum imports are a tax hike on Americans and will have damaging consequences for consumers, manufacturers and workers,” Hatch said in a statement.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced earlier Thursday that President Trump has decided to slap hefty tariffs on the EU, Mexico and Canada, ending the temporary exemptions for the key trading allies despite their two months of lobbying to avoid the tariffs.