Trump Spars With U.S. Chamber Official Over Use of Tariffs

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from The Wall Street Journal,

President calls into CNBC show where official appeared and attacked him and the Chamber.

President Trump and the nation’s leading business lobby escalated a public tiff when a senior U.S. Chamber of Commerce official criticized his use of tariffs, and Mr. Trump responded by threatening to drop his membership in the organization.

Myron Brilliant, the Chamber’s executive vice president and head of international affairs, appeared on CNBC Monday morning and complained that Mr. Trump’s “weaponization of tariffs” doesn’t make for good trade policy.

Mr. Trump responded by calling in to the CNBC show and attacking the Chamber and Mr. Brilliant. Calling him “not so brilliant,” the president said tariffs have helped him work toward more favorable trade deals for the U.S.

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