This week, the Trump administration announced $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods for "unfair trade practices" involving intellectual property and American technology, and China responded with its own trade threat - $50 billion in tariffs on U.S. goods. Last month, President Trump announced tariffs on steel and aluminum. The President has vowed that imposing sanctions on China and U.S. allies is a matter of national security.
Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH) is Chairman of the House Committee on Small Business , a senior Member on the House Judiciary Committee, and a senior Member on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He has proudly served Ohio's First Congressional District for 22 years. While serving as Chairman of the House Committee on Small Business , he has held numerous hearings on trade and sits as a member of the House Advisory Group on Negotiations. Congressman Chabot joins Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to discuss the tariffs President Trump has imposed.
On Trump's tariffs: I think what he's trying to accomplish is the right thing and I give him credit on that. On the other hand, I do think trade in general and lower tariffs in general and not having trade wars is to our advantage. So, I'm looking for some middle ground. (1:10)
On how to effectively push back on China: Well, the President has his own style, which is not what we've seen a lot of the time under various presidents and he's been a master negotiator in his career and in general it works. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt because he's shown that generally he gets his way and his way is our way, meaning the American peoples. So, I think what he's trying to accomplish is the right thing. (2:33)
On how a trade war could affect the midterms: Well, that is a risk if in fact the kind of tumultuous things which we see right now in trade area has that effect on the economy. We don't know yet which way that is going to go. But certainly the tax cuts that this president pushed and that Congress passed have made significant impacts on the economy, positive impacts. (5:55)
On the national security bill involving Canada: Yeah, we're in the process of reading it over right now and making a decision on that. I'm getting impact from the folks in my district, but I tend to agree with the precept that the Canadians are our allies and our friends and their security interests in most respects are our security interests. So, we're on the same side on most of these things. (8:30)
His message to voters: Well, I think I have the experience and the record that shows that I have voted consistently for what's in the best interest not only the people of my district, but the country. (12:15)