Sam Johnson Statement on Opposition to President Trump’s Steel and Aluminum Tariffs
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, President Trump announced his intention to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03), a 29-year Air Force veteran, free market conservative, and senior member of the trade-writing Ways and Means Committee, opposes this decision.
In response, Johnson issued the following statement:
“I strongly oppose President Trump’s announcement to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. As a combat veteran who fought in two wars and who cares greatly about our national security, I am deeply troubled that the President is abusing a trade law intended to protect our national security in order to advance his protectionist agenda. There is simply nothing to suggest that these imports pose a risk to our national security. The President’s plan will only hurt our economy, potentially trigger a trade war, and damage our relations with key allies.
“I’ve long been a strong supporter of free trade, which plays a major role in Texas’s economic success story. In fact, Texas is number one for the 16th year in a row when it comes to exports, which by the way support more than a million jobs. Make no mistake about it, tariffs are taxes. And the President’s tariffs would undercut the recently enacted pro-growth tax reform that is already producing dividends for American workers and our economy.
“The President must reverse course. And now. Nothing less than our economy and national security are at stake.”
The Department of Defense (DoD) issued a memorandum to the Secretary of Commerce
regarding its Section 232 investigation. In the memorandum, the DoD states that it “does not believe that the findings in the reports impact the ability of DoD programs to acquire the steel or aluminum necessary to meet national defense requirements.” Additionally, regarding the tariffs, DoD is “concerned about the negative impact on our key allies.”
To read the memorandum issued by the Department of Defense, CLICK HERE.