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What they’re saying: Free-trade Republicans blast Trump’s tariffs

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With President Trump's trade war now hitting our closest allies — including the European Union, Canada and Mexico — some prominent Republicans are speaking out against the movie.

The big picture: The GOP was traditionally a bastion of free traders, championing the economic benefits of engagement with the rest of the globe. However, Trump has pulled the party and members of his own administration toward his "America First" brand of governing — slashing, or repeatedly threatening to slash, U.S. participation in huge free trade deals — with his administration's focus on economic nationalism.