Even though the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reported Alabama would be the fifth hardest hit state as a result of a trade war with China, Rep. Bradley Byrne, (R) Alabama, told FOX10 News he is supportive of President Trump's decision to impose tariffs on the communist country.
Byrne said China has been taking advantage of the U.S. for years, benefiting economically while the U.S. suffers.
So, Byrne believes Trump's tough negotiation strategy with China is a viable solution.
Now, Byrne said he has been hearing about negotiation talks between the U.S. and China, and believes the U.S. could soon make a deal with China, which would effectively end the current trade war and the threat it has on the local economy of the Gulf Coast.
When Trump's 25 percent tariffs on Chinese goods went into effect on Friday, June 6, China retaliated with 25 percent tariffs of its own on American goods, like soy beans and automobiles, which are major exports coming out of the port of Mobile.
The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce said that could mean significant job loss locally.
Byrne admitted a deal does need to be worked out soon with China, because of the negative impact the trade war has on the local soy bean industry.
However, while Byrne was supportive of the tariffs on Chinese goods, Byrne said he does not support tariffs on goods from allied countries, like Canada or countries in the European Union.
He said that could be a big detriment to just about every manufacturing facility in his district.
"Just about every manufacturing facility in my district is a part of an international supply chain. So the stuff that they use to make whatever their product is, could be a chemical, could be something tangible like a ship or an airplane, just about everyone of those is going to be affected negatively, because of those international supply chains," explained Byrne. "So, yes it could affect just about every manufacturing concern in my district."
FOX10 News will keep you posted as talks with the Chinese move forward.
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