Walker urges Trump to reconsider steel and aluminum tariffs

MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is urging President Donald Trump to rethink his call for tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

The Republican governor released a statement saying such tariffs would put American jobs at risk.

"If the President wants to protect good-paying, family-supporting jobs in America, especially here in Wisconsin, then he should reconsider the administration's position on these tariffs, particularly on ultra-thin aluminum," Walker says. "As I described to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross last year, there is not a market in America that can support the demand for ultra-thin aluminum for employers here in Wisconsin and across the country."

President Trump took to Twitter Thursday to say America's steel and aluminum industries "have been decimated by decades of unfair trade and bad policy with countries from around the world."

On Friday, he continued to push tariffs by saying "trade wars are good, and easy to win."

The president tweeted, "Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don't trade anymore--we win big. It's easy!"

Talk of "trade wars" resulted in sharp losses on the stock exchange Friday morning. Stocks were mixed by the afternoon.

One industry that would be hurt by an aluminum tariff is brewing. MillerCoors, which employs hundreds of people in Wisconsin, says it is selling an "increasing amount" of beer in aluminum cans. The brewing giant says a tariff would likely cause aluminum prices to rise and lead to job losses. The company called the tariff talk "misguided."

"Ironically, American companies who will feel the negative impact of the tariffs can actually move their operations to another country, such as Canada, and not face new tariffs on the sale of their products," Gov. Walker said Friday. "This scenario would lead to the exact opposite outcome of the administration's stated objective, which is to protect American jobs."

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