Whether the Commerce Department took the president's lead in recommending tariffs on all imported automobiles is unclear. But such a move would face resistance in the West Wing. "There's not a lot of support for auto tariffs," a senior administration official customs CNBC. "But only one person's opinion matters." Business groups are already warning of the economic impacts. A new study by the Center for Automotive Research found at 25 percent tariff on cars and parts would increase the price of a car by an average of $ 2,750 and as many as 366,900 U.S. Jobs would be lost. Its analysis factors in exclusions for South Korea and Canada and Mexico would also be exempt under the yet-to-be-passed U.S. patent. Mexico Canada trade agreement
Pro-free trade republicans are building new tools to push back, in case the president implements new tariffs in the name of national security.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced last month that would give Congress sixty days to approve any proposed tariffs under section 232. .
Sen. Toomey says he has heard of dozens of Pennsylvania companies who use steel and aluminum products who have been hurt by the increased cost of materials. "We have used this tool in a way that was never intended," said Toomey.
Sen. Robert Portman (R-OH) also has a proposal to address what he sees as the misuse of national security in trade fights. Under his proposal, the Pentagon would make the primary determination that a tariff is needed, not the Commerce Department. And Congress would have the right to disapprove of those measures.