Sen. Sherrod Brown Criticizes How President Trump Is Handling Tariffs

Sep 4, 2019

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is doubling down on his criticism of President Trump’s tariffs.

Brown advocated for tariffs against China in the past and says he doesn’t have problems with the idea. But he says he does have a problem with the way these tariffs have been put into place.

Brown says farmers, companies and consumers are hurting right now because Trump’s tariffs haven’t been implemented properly.

“Tariffs can work as long as they are a short-term, temporary tool to get to a long-term trade policy,” Brown says. “It also means you work with your allies. You work with France and Germany and England and Italy and Canada to aim at the serial cheaters – the Chinese, the Koreans and the Turks.”

But Brown says Trump has gone solo, and that could send the country into a recession.

Trump has defended the 15% tariffs put on $112 billion worth of Chinese goods on September 1. China retaliated with 5 to 10% tariffs on about $75 billon of U.S. goods.

Trump says trade talks will happen this month but no date has been set.