Trump Wins Fight Over Tariff Power in Senate

Blanche Robertson
June 14, 2018

But oh no no, gosh, "we might poke the bear" is the language I've been hearing in the hallways.

While Trump Jr. was trying to downplay the significance of Corker's remarks about how the GOP is in "a unusual place" because "it is becoming a cultish thing... as it relates to a president that happens to be of purportedly the same party", Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) was on MSNBC sounding the alarm about the state of his party. They start off by inculcating some sense of group loyalty, then they are taught to disregard any external source of information - and, say, instead get their news from a source that is working for the cult, like Fox News - and pretty soon, they have lost any capacity to make independent judgments. "And so let's don't do anything that might upset the president'".

Corker offered the amendment in response to Trump's recent decision to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports, even from US allies, arguing they are needed for national security. So gosh, we can't vote on the Corker amendment because we're taking, rightly so, the responsibilities that we have to deal with tariffs and revenues.

"I can't believe it", continued Corker.

"If people don't like it, they can vote up or down", Corker went on.

The retiring Tennessee senator was angered that his amendment to the defense authorization measure that would reclaim congressional prerogatives on trade and tariffs would not be up for a vote, and he mocked his colleagues for not standing up to the president, including the chamber's no. 2 Republican, Majority WhipJohn Cornyn.

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The senator added that "if people don't like it they can vote up or down".

"That's the words of somebody who's frustrated because he didn't get an amendment passed", Tillis said.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference after his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018.

Inhofe said he wants to see Corker's legislation advance in some other way, but that seems unlikely.

"Gosh almighty", Corker said. It happens all the time. On Tuesday, he asked that his amendment be called up so it could be voted up-or-down by the Senate.

But the as the floor manager, U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) objected, stalling Corker's effort.

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