Trump tariff talk stokes concerns among Missouri lawmakers, businesses

President Donald Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on imported aluminum and steel has drawn support in some congressional districts with steel or aluminum manufacturers, including one on the outskirts of St. Louis, where steel companies have laid off workers. But elsewhere, the plan has stoked worries among businesses and lawmakers about a possible trade war.

Some Republicans, including U.S. Sen Roy Blunt of Missouri, say they worry Trump’s actions targeting one industry will invite retaliation, especially against the U.S. agriculture sector.

Missouri exported about $14.1 billion in products in 2017, according to the U.S Census bureau. The state’s exports ranged from trucks to agricultural commodities and beer.

Blunt said Tuesday that Trump’s “trade policies are not very clear right now, and for those of us that support trade (they) are troublesome. We will see what happens on the steel and aluminum issue.”

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, said she is “very concerned we’re starting a trade war that’ll do nothing but punish Missouri’s manufacturing and agriculture sectors.”

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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