Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) praised President Trump for standing up to other countries on trade, saying that new tariffs on American products amount to "economic terrorism."

Ahead of his meeting on Wednesday with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Trump tweeted that both the U.S. and the EU should "drop all tariffs, barriers and subsidies."

"That would finally be called Free Market and Fair Trade! Hope they do it, we are ready - but they won’t!" Trump wrote.

Duffy, who serves on the House Financial Services Committee, said America finally has a president who is committed to free trade and prioritizing the American worker.


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To help reduce some of the pain inflicted by a burgeoning trade war between the U.S. and China and other nations, the Trump administration on Tuesday announced an aid package worth $12 billion for farmers who’ve been hurt by the tariffs.

Duffy said he's not surprised by the aid package, since Europe, China, Canada and Mexico imposed new tariffs on American agriculture in response to Trump's efforts to create a more fair global trading system.

"That's how they try to take us down. This is, I think, economic terrorism in a way. They want to shock us into submission," Duffy said.

He added that Trump is “fighting for the American people” even though it's not necessarily a great political move to escalate a trade war heading into the 2018 midterms and his 2020 re-election campaign.

"I love that he's not playing politics. He's playing for America. And that's why I think in the end he's gonna win here."

He said Trump must win the trade war quickly, because if farms start going under in America, Trump's support could crater. 

Trump's moves on trade have been fiercely opposed by some Republicans, including Sen. Ben Sasse and Sen. Bob Corker. 

"These tariffs are a massive tax increase on American consumers and businesses, and instead of offering welfare to farmers to solve a problem they themselves created, the administration should reverse course and end this incoherent policy," Corker said.

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