Speaker Ryan breaks with Trump, says Congress will refuse border taxes

In what could be considered a short-term gulf in a relationship on the mend after a contentious White House race, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has halted President-elect Donald Trump’s march to raise duties on imports and exports.

The President-elect has issued a series of messages alerting U.S. corporations of his proposal to tax firms which move all or some of their operations offshore with a penalty of as high as 35 percent.  Similarly, Trump has weighed an additional tariff on returning goods between five and 10 percent.

Following two instances earlier this week in which Trump harnessed Twitter and cautioned auto manufacturers General Motors and Toyota against building assembly plants in Mexico or face a stiff border sanction, the Wisconsin Republican told radio host Hugh Hewitt both he and Congress would oppose raising tariffs.

“We’re not going to be raising tariffs,” Ryan insisted to Hewitt.

Ryan spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, later buttressed Ryan’s remarks to Hewitt, stating:  “The Speaker is against tariffs.”

“He strongly supports making our tax system border adjustable by exempting exports from tax and subjecting imports to tax,” Strong added.

In response to Trump’s tweets, Toyota stated the firm has been part of the “cultural fabric in the U.S. for nearly 60 years” and insisted no U.S. jobs would be lost as a result of its Mexican operations.

For their part, General Motors released a statement which revealed one of its models, the Chevrolet Cruze sedan, sold in the U.S. is manufactured in the GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, and its hatchback model, aimed at GM’s global market, is assembled in Mexico.

 

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