President Trump is staying true to his plan of imposing tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, saying that steel and aluminum workers in America have been betrayed by inaction. But, the President assures the “betrayal is now over.” Canada and Mexico are exempt as the President tries to pursue trade concessions from the countries in renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he has heavily criticized in the past. However, the public seems to be split on whether or not imposing tariffs will benefit the United States or not, and both of Florida’s Senators are joining the conversation with their views on the matter.
In response, Democratic Florida Senator Bill Nelson criticized Trump’s tariff plan by commenting that it “will increase the price of goods we buy and may start an international trade war.”
Republican Senator Marco Rubio commented that imposing “tariffs are no substitute for a national strategy.”
He went on to detail that “Free trade has been good for America. But it has also left millions of American workers unemployed, many as the direct result of cheating by China. For trade to benefit our country, our trade partners must play by the same rules we do. That is why supporters of free trade must be the first to take violations seriously.”
And, he expressed that it’s important to know that “While trade rules must be enforced, tariffs are no substitute for a national strategy that makes us more competitive through research and development, skills training, and pro-worker economic policies. Early next week I will outline a way forward that promotes free and fair trade, while also protecting American workers and key industries.”