(CNN)President Donald Trump's decision to follow through on steel and aluminum tariffs against some of the United States' closest allies puts a series of vulnerable Republicans at considerable risk, leading some of those candidates to caution the President against following through with the trade talk.
Here's what two Republicans in those districts are saying:
- Rep. David Valadao, who represents the agricultural heart of California: "Agriculture drives the American economy and is the backbone of the Central Valley's economy," Valadao said in response to Thursday's news. "Proposed tariffs seriously jeopardize our farmers' access to export markets, which account for roughly twenty percent of their production." (In an interview with CNN earlier this week, Valadao said farmers "would rather have no change than any change" and that Trump pushes "a little harder than what some people are comfortable with.")
- Jim Hagedorn is of two Republicans running to represent Minnesota's 1st Congressional district, home to Martin County, Minnesota, the self-proclaimed "Bacon Capitol of the USA." He told CNN on Thursday, "I trust that President Trump and his trade negotiators understand the critical correlation between expanding global markets for US businesses, especially farmers agri-businesses, and a strong economy for those of us who reside in rural America."
- "This is dumb," Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, an outspoken opponent to Trump's trade talk, bluntly said on Thursday. "We've been down this road before—blanket protectionism is a big part of why America had a Great Depression."