Ben Sasse Rips Trump Over New Proposed Tariffs

FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

After months of Twitter silence, Sen. Ben Sasse (R – Neb.) had something he felt strongly enough about to tweet about it.

The $100 billion in tariffs Trump floated on Thursday, well, Sasse is clearly not a fan. He joined Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley and Pat Roberts in speaking out against the president’s trade conflicts.

“Hopefully the President is just blowing off steam, but setting Amer agriculture on fire is not a plan,” Sasse tweeted, linking to his official statement.

“Hopefully the President is just blowing off steam again but, if he’s even half-serious, this is nuts. China is guilty of many things, but the President has no actual plan to win right now. He’s threatening to light American agriculture on fire. Let’s absolutely take on Chinese bad behavior, but with a plan that punishes them instead of us. This is the dumbest possible way to do this.”

Sasse is exactly right. Imposing more tariffs will trigger increased retaliation, — China just this week put a 25 percent tariffs on U.S. corn, soybeans, autos and airplanes — which affects the lives of American business, and American individuals, in a tangible way.