Lawmakers went on record Wednesday to express their frustration with the Trump administration's growing use of tariffs as the Senate passed a nonbinding resolution designed to give Congress more say about trade penalties.
The opening shots were fired when the Trump administration imposed a 25 percent tariff on $34 billion of imports from China, and Beijing promptly retaliated with duties on an equal amount of American products.
The European Union is set Friday to slap tariffs on $3.4 billion in American products. India and Turkey have already targeted products ranging from rice to autos to sunscreen. And a showdown with China still looms.
President Trump has ordered tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods in response to Beijing's forced transfer of U.S. technology and alleged intellectual property theft, and threatened to impose duties on $400 billion more.
In announcing the tariffs, President Donald Trump said he was fulfilling a campaign pledge to crack down on what he contends are China's unfair trade practices and its efforts to undermine U.S. technology and intellectual property.
Now in a tit-for-tat fight with the United States, the global superpower vowed Friday to retaliate if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to apply tariffs to an additional $100 billion worth of Chinese goods.
President Trump's surprise move came a day after Beijing announced plans to tax $50 billion in American products, including soybeans and small aircraft, in response to a U.S. move this week to slap tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports.