Trump Adviser: '160 Countries ... Simply Don't Like Us'

Tariffs and gun control heat up the Sunday talk shows
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2018 11:10 AM CST
Updated Mar 4, 2018 11:40 AM CST
National Trade Council adviser Peter Navarro appears before President Donald Trump arrives to sign executive orders regarding trade in the Oval Office at the White House, Friday, March 31, 2017, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – Tariff talk and gun control took center stage on the Sunday talk shows. On State of the Union, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro refused to allow any exclusions for steel and aluminum tariffs, even for US allies, CNN reports. But "there will be an exemption procedure for particular cases ... so that business can move forward," he said. He blamed the World Trade Organization ("which is over 160 countries, and a lot of them simply don't like us") and China, which he says "floods the market" with aluminum and steel. But Ohio Gov. John Kasich said the tariffs are being imposed too quickly. "It would be like me going home tonight and having dinner with my family and saying, 'Girls, I sold the house today.' I mean you just don't do things like that off the cuff."

On Face the Nation, Lindsay Graham said Democrats and Republicans will "suffer" if Capitol Hill punts on gun legislation, the Hill reports. "If we don’t [pass laws] we’re going to get hurt because most Americans believe we should solve problems that Americans are facing like gun violence," he said. Yahoo reports that Kasich echoed the thought, saying "young people, the Millennials, the Gen Xers, are saying, ‘Look, we’ve heard enough. Deliver something. ... We don't want all these excuses." But Andrew Pollack, the father of Parkland victim Meadow Pollack, said on Face the Nation that he's focusing elsewhere, the Hill reports: "I'm not leaving it up to the president," he said. "I’m taking it in my hands with a lot of people behind me and we’re going to focus on school safety."


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