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White House Hits the Brakes on Tariffs (Sort of)

Everyone woke up thinking the tariffs would be a done deal. Now it appears they may not happen or might be scaled back.

UPDATED at 4:18pm: The President has issued his order imposing tariffs, but as predicted they are more symbolic than first feared. He will exempt Canada and Mexico and the order allows other countries to negotiate exceptions. There's a great deal of wiggle room in the order for other countries.

After massive outraged expressed by both congressional Republicans and business leaders, President Trump is suddenly getting cold feet on tariffs. A White House source says the President has asked the trade team to slow down and re-examine the impact. Nothing will be made final today. Kristen Welker of NBC News notes that any Presidential proclamation today will be largely symbolic.

At issue, the President wants to examine a carve out for Canada and Mexico so they would not be affected, though doing so would largely render any new tariffs meaningless. Canada is number one when it comes to imported steel into the United States. Likewise, the President has been warned, again, that the United States stands to lose massively more jobs than the tariffs would protect.

So what started as a definite move today at the White House has now been thrown into limbo as the President gets cold feet. To save some face, he may sign a symbolic proclamation, but it is no longer expected to be the massive imposition of tariffs many feared. The story, as they say, is still developing…

As to be expected. This is a great demonstration though of why we have to be vocally in opposition to the bad ideas that Trump promotes. He actually responds really well to opposition from conservatives, if we will only put down the pompoms and Koolaid long enough to make sure he understands where we stand. This is why we need to treat Trump like a child - quick, firm correction when wrong, and praise when good things are done. He will respond in the same way. In a lot of ways, he is like a child when it comes to conservative ideology and politics. He is new at it, being a lifelong liberal NYC socialite. We have gotten good things from Trump and we can get more, but we have to the keep the pressure on him when he gets off course. If we sit back and do nothing, assuming he is just trolling people, he will implement these terrible policies. He often floats this stuff out to see what reaction he gets. He then acts according to that reaction. If we are silent on the bad stuff, then he will assume it is okay and implement it. Most of the fluffers didn't make it into the administration - Huckabee, Guliani, Gingrich, Ingraham, Christie, etc. Instead Perry, Haley, Mattis, Kelly, Tillerson, etc. got the jobs. That is because Trump likes boot lickers, but he doesn't respect them and he doesn't give them anything once they have sold him their soul. He doesn't need to at that point because he doesn't have to. He is transactional. He respects people that have some balls and don't just roll over for him. That is why if Session had told Trump to fire him or shut up, Trump would have shut up. Instead he whined about his hurt feelings, so Trump is going to just keep giving it to him. He is weak and he exposed it.

Maybe, just maybe the President hasn't gotten "cold feet" but,rather, due to further research and understanding determined that TARIFFS would be much mored detrimental to the economy. Let usHOPE the with even further examination and good sound advice, he tosses the Tariff plan out the window.

Trump’s persistent pattern is to not reveal his exact strategy in advance (in both military and political battles). Nevertheless, Trump remains focused on the goals he has set. In the case of tariffs, Trump has repeatedly stated he wants to create a level playing field for trade by removing foreign barriers to US exports. For example, consider this quote from the EU’s TTIP documentation about the benefits of free trade (http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2015/january/tradoc_152998.1%20Trade%20in%20goods%20and%20customs%20tariffs.pdf): “Where removing EU customs duties immediately could pose difficulties for EU firms, we want to agree a longer phase-out period to allow firms to adapt. Where they would still face problems, even with longer phase-out periods, we would only partially open our market.” After letting the EU go berserk over the evil of tariffs, Trump points out “if the E.U. takes off some of the horrible barriers [i.e. tariffs] that make it impossible for our product to go into there, then we can start talking, otherwise we’ll leave it the way it is,” he said. As with DACA, Trump is willing to trade tit for tat to make progress towards his clearly stated goals, but he is not willing to give away the store (as he claims is the case with our current trade deals).

Thank goodness. I really feel like the articles here and in other conservative outlets have affect this outcome. I love that this president listens when they are articles condemning what he is trying to do. I definitely don't feel like Erick and this site have been giant to tools on the system.

He is listening to us. These tariffs on countries outside of the Americas are going to be totally awesome