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Some Florida Republicans push back against Trump’s tariffs

Trump said "trade wars are good."
President Donald Trump speaks at the 2018 White House Business Session with the nation's governors on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 in the State Dinning Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. [Olivier Douliery | Abaca Press | TNS]
President Donald Trump speaks at the 2018 White House Business Session with the nation's governors on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 in the State Dinning Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. [Olivier Douliery | Abaca Press | TNS]
Published Mar. 8, 2018
Updated Mar. 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – A handful of House Republicans from Florida signed onto a "deep concern" letter urging President Donald Trump against "broad" tariffs.

Reps. Vern Buchanan, Carlos Curbelo, Francis Rooney and Ted Yoho were the Republicans from Florida on the letter, which garnered more than 100 signatures and stated, "tariffs are taxes that make U.S. businesses less competitive and U.S. consumers poorer."

A Tax Foundation study estimated Florida firms would pay $524 million more under Trump's steel and aluminum tariff. Plus, other countries have threatened to retaliate and have picked iconic products in key states, such as Florida orange juice, to emphasize their seriousness.

The Trump administration has felt some pressure and now says key allies like Mexico and Canada would be exempt – an inducement to a more favorable NAFTA.