Business group ‘very concerned’ that Trump’s tariffs will harm Arizonans

U.S. steelmakers say Chinese steel companies are purposely avoiding U.S. import tariffs by routing their shipments through Vietnam – and they want the Commerce Department to take action to stop it./Getty Images

By KTAR.COM

President Donald Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, Mexico and Canada from didn’t go over well in Arizona.

Garrick Taylor, senior vice president of government relations and communications for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said

Arizonans should be “very concerned for a number of reasons” about the plan the administration revealed Thursday.

“This makes life more expensive for Arizonans and for Americans,” Taylor told KTAR News 92.3 FM. “We buy products made of steel, and now those tariffs, which are really taxes, get passed along to American consumers.”

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) echoed Taylor’s concerns with two pointed tweets that included articles about the moves. One that said, “This is no way to treat our allies, Mr. President,” and the other saying, “Trade wars do not end well.”

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