Trump Ignores GOP Guidance On Tariffs, Believes Base Won’t Punish Him

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 10: U.S. President Donald Trump leaves an East Room event at the White House May 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump and the first lady held a “Celebration of Military Mothers” event... WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 10: U.S. President Donald Trump leaves an East Room event at the White House May 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump and the first lady held a “Celebration of Military Mothers” event. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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May 13, 2019 8:00 a.m.

President Trump has ignored advice from his Republican advisers that he should be careful in his efforts to lower tariffs on U.S. goods, the Washington Post reported.

Republican advisers have told Trump in recent weeks that his ongoing trade war with China could backfire and end up harming those he claims to be fighting for: his base.

“Both sides will suffer on this,” Trump’s National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said on Sunday, per the Post, arguing that the Trump administration’s increased tariffs on Chinese imports would end up harming Americans.

But the President reportedly thinks that his supporters believe he is sticking his neck out for them and they’ll award him with a reelection, according to the Post.

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