Senator Cantwell Statement on Trump Administration Tariffs, Negative Effects on Washington Exporters & US Economy

Seattle, WA – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, Mexico, and the European Union:

“I am very concerned about the Trump Administration’s approach to dealing with our allies. Trade wars cause U.S. exporters to lose market share and shelf space, which are hard to regain.

Mexico alone is the number one market for Washington state apples, contributing more than $215 million to our economy and local wages every year. American apples make up 50 percent of the total apple market in Mexico. These tariffs put that opportunity in jeopardy, along with putting other U.S. exports to Canada and the European Union at risk.

The Administration must resolve these disputes through negotiations.”