Senate will not 'poke the bear' Trump by passing tariff measure: lawmaker

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 14, 2018

U.S. Senator Bob Corker accused his fellow Republicans of being afraid to stand up to President Donald Trump on Tuesday, as his legislation to block the president's ability to impose tariffs on national security grounds hit a roadblock in Congress. "We might poke the bear".

The Oklahoma Republican said he did not like when Senators try to put amendments like Corker's in must-pass legislation.

Trump reportedly railed at Corker in a lengthy call last week trying to convince him to back off from his tariff oversight bill, but Corker refused. McConnell termed it an "exercise in futility" becauseTrump would never sign such legislation. "John Cornyn, R-Texas. "'So, gosh, we can't vote on the Corker amendment because we're taking, rightly so, the responsibilities that we have to deal with tariffs and revenues, we can't do that because we'd be upsetting the president. "My gosh, if the President gets upset with us we might not be in the majority".

America First: "To those who say this President is only picking winners and losers, let me say this: the only victor President Trump is picking is America".

Corker, who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, criticized the president for overstepping his authority on slapping tariffs on aluminum and steel by simply claiming they were a national security interest. Invoking national security allows the administration to skirt certain processes otherwise involved in levying tariffs.

Corker, a Tennessee lawmaker who is retiring in January, is increasingly open about his frustrations with Trump's trade and other policies. James Inhofe, R-Okla., who is managing the defense bill and offered the objection.

"We're in a odd place. I think this would cause a lot of damage".

Corker dismissed those objections as he went on a tear against his Republican colleagues.

Corker said such procedures are "used as customarily as waking up in the morning and drinking a cup of coffee", he said.

"We as senators, we're anxious somehow that this guy, gosh almighty, I heard the senior senator from Texas [John Cornyn] saying the other day, 'Well, gosh, we might upset the president". "But no, the United States Senate right now, on June 12, is becoming a body where, well, we can do what we can do, but my gosh if the president gets upset with us, we might not be in the majority, and so let's not do anything that might upset the president".

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