Grassley Swipes At Trump For ‘Misuse’ Of Presidential Authority On Tariffs

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 2: Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, takes his seat for the Senate Finance Committee organizational meeting and hearing on pending nomiations on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clar... UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 2: Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, takes his seat for the Senate Finance Committee organizational meeting and hearing on pending nomiations on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2019. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) MORE LESS
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May 31, 2019 7:52 a.m.

After President Donald Trump announced that he’d raise tariffs on Mexico until the “illegal immigration problem is remedied” Thursday, Senate Finance Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) blasted Trump for “misuse of presidential tariff authority.”

“Trade policy and border security are separate issues,” Grassley wrote in a statement. “This is a misuse of presidential tariff authority and counter to congressional intent.”

The senator, though a stalwart Trump ally, occasionally pushes back against the President, as he did last month amid the Department of Homeland Security purges.

Read Grassley’s full statement here via Mediaite.

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