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Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

President Trump announced on Thursday new tariffs on steel (25%) and aluminum (10%).

Why it matters: Many around him have been strongly opposed to this, but as Axios' Jonathan Swan reported last year, Trump wants them and it doesn't look like anything will be stopping him. But the international response, as well as response from Republicans on Capitol Hill, hasn't been warm, and the Dow dropped 500 points as a result.

Corporate response
  • General Motors: "We purchase 90% of our steel for U.S. production from U.S. suppliers. We need to better understand the details...but the bottom line is we support trade policies that enable U.S. manufacturers to win and grow jobs in the U.S."
  • MillerCoors: "We are disappointed with President Trump’s announcement of a 10% tariff on aluminum...It is likely to lead to job losses across the beer industry."
  • Aluminum Association: "We appreciate the President's commitment to strengthening the U.S. aluminum industry. We look forward to working with the President on implementation and to create a more level playing field."
  • National Small Business Association: "This kind of tariff, while seemingly targeted, could have widespread implications and likely will result in increased prices of many goods."
  • The Beer Institute: "[T]his 10% tariff will create a new $347.7 million tax on Americas beverage industry, including brewers and beer importers, and result in the loss of 20,291 American jobs."
  • Toyota: Per Reuters: "U.S. tariffs on aluminum and steel will adversely impact automakers, suppliers, consumers."
Congressional response
  • Sen. Ben Sasse (R): "Protectionism is weak, not strong. You'd expect a policy this bad from a leftist administration, not a supposedly Republican one."
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch (R): "Whoever advised him on this ought to be reprimanded. In all honesty, it's not going to help America."
  • Sen. Mike Lee (R): "The tariffs proposed by the president this week would be a huge job-killing tax hike on American consumers...there must be a better way to address the steel industries concerns."
  • Sen. Bob Casey (D): "I commend @realDonaldTrump for announcing his intent to take action to protect our steelworkers from countries, like China, that cheat on trade...today's announcement of an intention to act next week is a welcome step."
  • Rep. Tim Ryan (D): "These actions will protect good-paying jobs in Ohio and across the country. This was long overdue."
International response
  • Canada: Trade Minister Francois-Phillippe Champagne said they were "unacceptable," and officials have said they will "respond...with their own measures," CNBC reports.
  • The European Union: President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said: "The Commission will bring forward in the next few days a proposal for countermeasures against the US to rebalance the situation," per the Telegraph.
  • China: Per CNBC, a JCI Intelligence analyst, Li Qiang, said earlier this week that China will apply regulations of its own "if the tariffs' cost to China exceed $10 billion."
  • U.K.: "We are engaging with the US on what this announcement means in practice... We are particularly concerned by any measures that would impact the UK steel and aluminium industries."

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The Supreme Court rejected on Wednesday night a bid by former President Trump to block the release of documents and records from his administration to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

Why it matters: Trump asked the Supreme Court to step in and block the release of the documents last month after a panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously denied his attempt to prevent the committee from obtaining the materials.

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Senate Republicans blocked Democrats' voting rights legislation from coming to a final vote on Wednesday in what was largely viewed as a doomed effort from the start.

Why it matters: The failed vote underscores the Democratic Party's current uphill battle to pass sweeping legislation in a 50-50 Senate.

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President Biden addressed the brewing conflict between Russia and Ukraine during a press briefing Wednesday, saying of Russian President Vladimir Putin, "my guess is he will move in."

Why it matters: U.S. officials have issued a series of warnings about Russia's threatening military buildup on the border with Ukraine, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying in Kyiv earlier Wednesday that Russia could invade "on very short notice."