Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump in Nashville claims people were 'infiltrating' his campaign Trump’s mention of Corker draws boos at Tennessee rally Trump attacks Blackburn opponent, ties him to Schumer and 'MS-13 lover Nancy Pelosi' MORE (R-Tenn.) on Thursday blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpKoch brothers company tweets support for Kim Kardashian after Trump meeting Romney reveals he wrote in wife's name for president in 2016 Pompeo has dinner with top North Korean official in New York: report MORE for moving to slap stiff tariffs on Mexico, Canada and the European Union, calling it “an abuse of authority intended only for national security purposes."
Corker, calling the tariffs the “wrong approach on trade,” said Trump should work with the United States' “most important trading partners” instead of taking action against them, The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.
“If we truly want to level the playing field for American companies, we should be working with our friends and allies to target those actually responsible for tipping markets in their favor,” said Corker, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Corker, who is retiring after this year, has publicly feuded with Trump in the past and was booed after Trump mentioned his name during a rally in Nashville, Tenn., earlier this week.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossHillicon Valley: Senators pressure Bolton to save cyber post | Judge rejects Kaspersky lawsuit | DHS, Commerce release report on fighting botnets | Trump official worries EU data law will hurt trade Trump will hit EU with steel, aluminum tariffs: report Overnight Finance: Fed advances Volcker rule rewrite in win for banks | Trump official knocks Mnuchin over China 'trade war' talk | Study says auto tariffs will cost 157K jobs MORE announced earlier Thursday that Trump had decided to follow through on his threat to impose hefty tariffs on the EU, Mexico and Canada, ending the temporary exemptions for the allies after global leaders attempted to avoid the measures.
Several top Republicans have spoken out against the tariffs. Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchRomney reveals he wrote in wife's name for president in 2016 Senate grapples with prison reform bill Romney: I don’t see Trump as role model for my grandchildren MORE (R-Utah) called them a "tax hike on Americans” and Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyWH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying MORE (R-Pa.) said they would "invite retaliation."
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that the EU had “no choice” but to retaliate against the tariffs.
And Mexico said it would imposes tariffs on a number of U.S. imports, including flat steel, apples and grapes.
Trump announced tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum imports in March, citing national security concerns. He later gave temporary exemptions from the measures for key trading partners.