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Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, tells reporters he intends to cancel the traditional August recess and keep the Senate in session to deal with backlogged tasks, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday on 5 June 2018. Photo: AP

Key senate Republicans to challenge Trump over tariffs

WT24 Desk

Leading senate Republicans are taking the rare step of challenging the Trump administration on its effort to punish trading partners with import tariffs, according to AP.

They want to push legislation that would require Congress to approve of such tariffs, though passing a bill is a longshot. Congressional Republicans are mostly at odds with what they view as president Donald Trump’s protectionist instincts on trade.

Many Republican lawmakers are hesitant to confront Trump in a legislative showdown that could end up hurting them. Not only could the effort end with a presidential veto, lawmakers could anger the very Trump voters they need in midterm elections this fall.

The GOP tends to favour free markets and open trade. Trump promised to tear up trade deals and crack down on unfair trading practices.

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