March 6, 2018 / 7:38 PM / a year ago

Top U.S. Senate Republican says metal tariffs could lead to trade war

U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) takes the stage to speak at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, DC, U.S., March 6, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Republican in the U.S. Senate said on Tuesday that many of his colleagues were worried that President Donald Trump’s planned tariffs on steel and aluminum imports could spark a trade war and hurt the economy.

“There is a lot of concern among Republican senators that this could sort of metastasize into sort of a larger trade war, and many of our members are discussing with the administration just how broad, how sweeping this might be,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters.

Reporting by Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Eric Walsh

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